Saturday 22 October 2016

Big majority of Tory Party members want Brexit

Laura Hughes in London

Published 03/11/2015 | 02:30

David Cameron
David Cameron

MORE than two-thirds of British Conservative Party members are likely to vote for Britain to leave the EU, a new Conservative Home poll has found.

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The survey has revealed that 71pc of members would vote for Brexit, while only 24pc say they would prefer to remain in the EU.

It comes as David Cameron insists that the pace of Britain's renegotiation in Europe will "quicken" this month as he faces pressure to make his demands for reform public.

Mr Cameron is expected to send a letter to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, within the next two weeks.

Speaking in Iceland last week, Mr Cameron said he was confident of securing "big changes" for Britain before the upcoming referendum.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is travelling this week to Berlin, where he will meet Wolfgang Schauble, the German finance minister, and Sigmar Gabriel, the economic affairs minister.

Mr Osborne has said he will disclose more details of Britain's renegotiation demands as he engages in talks on reforming Brussels.

Speaking before his visit, he said: "The UK and German economies are the beating heart of Europe, the engine for growth and jobs,

"Together we make the world's third-largest economy, behind only America and China, and since the crisis ended we have generated two-thirds of EU growth.

"But the future holds challenges for our economies. We must cut debt and boost productivity. To do this, we need a strong EU, fit for today's challenges and working for the benefit of all 28 member states."

When asked about the possible timing of the vote, he said: "We will hold the referendum when we have a deal we can recommend to the British people."

Mr Cameron warned last week during a visit to Norway that life outside the EU would not be a "land of milk and honey".

He is expected to campaign against Brexit during the referendum that will be held before the end of 2017.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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