Cameron gets his stay-in deal with EU, but Cabinet splits promptly on ‘Brexit’ vote set for 23 June

Cameron gets his stay-in deal with EU, but Cabinet splits promptly on ‘Brexit’ vote set for 23 June

[Ed. – Big doings across the pond.  It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the EU leadership would do what it had to, to satisfy Cameron.  But what the British public will do at the polls in June is another question.  Cameron’s cabinet split immediately — not an encouraging sign for EU hounds.]

David Cameron’s Cabinet split apart just minutes after he called a historic in-out referendum on membership of the European Union as six of his senior ministers demanded that Britain sever its links with Brussels.

In an extraordinary 24 hours in British politics, the Prime Minister announced a June 23 referendum but was then faced with the prospect of one fifth of Government ministers opposing his bid to keep Britain in the EU.

Mr Cameron yesterday made an emotional plea on the steps of Downing Street for voters to reject the “leap in the dark” of a British exit from the EU, saying that remaining a member of the bloc is essential for “economic and national security”. …

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However, moments after his address to the nation he faced a heavily coordinated show of defiance from his own ministers led by Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, who is also one of Mr Cameron’s closest allies.

Mr Gove travelled to the headquarters of the “Vote Leave” campaign alongside Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, John Whittingdale, Theresa Villiers and Priti Patel. The ministers were photographed with a sign calling for Britain to “take back control”.

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