Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox declares support for leaving the EU with rumours of cabinet splits growing
Writing in The Sunday Times, former Defence Secretary Liam Fox declared his support for leaving the EU, arguing, “Ever since I entered parliament 23 years ago, I have been told that ‘Europe is coming in our direction’. It is time to end the pretence. It is not.” The paper reports that Fox was asked by a number of senior cabinet ministers to intervene in the debate. Reports also suggest that three cabinet ministers – Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and Theresa Villiers – have hinted that they will resign if they are not allowed to freely campaign for Brexit.
Meanwhile, Steve Baker MP, co-Chairman of Conservatives for Britain, said yesterday that “over half of the Conservative party is strongly leaning to leave”. He also warned that it would be “destructive” for the party if ministers are not allowed to campaign freely for either side.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday, former Prime Minister John Major said of Brexit, “Of course we will survive – we are a big and a powerful nation – of course we will. That’s not the point. The point is, would we be as safe? No. Would we be as well off? No. Would we be as influential? No. So that is the point that is really at issue.”