Following an article in the Telegraph the leader of the House of Commons lower chamber of parliament, Chris Grayling, has suggested that members of his team are currently preparing a campaign to leave the EU.
Describing himself as someone with “strong Eurosceptic views”, Grayling argued he does not believe the UK should stay within the EU under the current terms of membership, warning that Brussels is heading down “a path that the UK will not and should not follow”.
Despite government sources claiming to expect John Whittingdale, Priti Patel Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers to join the Leave Campaign, Chris Grayling is currently the only member of David Cameron’s cabinet to openly suggest the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, if the prime minister’s demands aren’t met.
The senior British minister wrote in the Telegraph newspaper;
“I am someone who believes that simply staying in the EU with our current terms of membership unchanged would be disastrous for Britain. That’s why I have always believed that it is imperative that his renegotiation takes place and delivers as much potential change as possible. It is in the interests of all Eurosceptics and of our country. I want Britain to choose between a changed relationship and leaving, and not between the current situation and leaving.”
With a referendum expected to be held before the end of 2017, David Cameron has been confident he is able to secure the changes he seeks to redefine Britain’s membership terms.