Saturday 17 March 2018

Nicholas Leonard: Cameron risks fatal division of Conservatives over EU issue

BRITISH prime minister David Cameron today faces the biggest challenge to his authority over the Conservative Party since he romanced it into electing him as its leader almost six years ago.

He said then that he was "fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster" and would show the Conservatives were "decent, reasonable and sensible".

That lofty aspiration is a long way from the unpleasant reality today as the Conservative chief whip, Patrick McLoughlin, tries to bully angry and bewildered eurosceptic MPs into voting against a referendum on pulling the UK out of the European Union.

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