David Cameron has signaled that that he expects his ministers to campaign for Britain’s continuance in the European Union if they want to stay on in the cabinet.
“The government isn’t neutral in this,” Bloomberg quoted the British prime minister as telling reporters Sunday at the Group of Seven summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany.
“We have a clear view; renegotiate, get a deal that is in Britain’s interest and then recommend that Britain stays in. If you want to be part of the government, you have to take the view that we are engaged in an exercise of renegotiation, have a referendum and that will lead to a successful outcome,” Cameron said.
By pushing his Conservative Party to support EU membership, Cameron risks alienating those in it who are implacably opposed to staying in Europe, the report noted.
He may also struggle to hold this line, given that it was under pressure from his own side that he announced a referendum in 2013.
Before Cameron spoke, a new group, Conservatives for Britain, said it was backed by more than 50 lawmakers who support taking Britain out of the EU.
Cameron refused to be drawn on what he hopes to achieve from his renegotiation.
“I’m not giving running commentaries,” he said. “I’m not going to say it is going to look like this or that. I’m going to be very unhelpful. At the end, when I’ve got what I want, I’ll tell you about it.”
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