Monday, May 13, 2013

Gove and Hammond would say No to Europe... and seven Cabinet colleagues including Duncan Smith privately agree

Michael Gove and Philip Hammond yesterday became the first Cabinet ministers to say publicly that they would vote for Britain to leave the EU.

Government sources said at least seven of their senior colleagues agreed privately.

Mr Gove said life outside the EU ‘would be perfectly tolerable’. Mr Hammond, when asked if he would vote to leave if significant powers cannot be reclaimed, replied: ‘Yes.’

The revelations will pile pressure on David Cameron to make clear that he would lead an ‘Out’ campaign if he does not secure a major change in Britain’s relationship with Brussels.