Leaving EU 'a jump into a void' for UK

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Image caption Conservatives for Reform in Europe is being led by Police station Herbert – a former minister who led the cam ign for the UK to stay out of the euro

A vote for Britain to deviate from the EU would be a “jump into a void”, according to the head of a new pro-European Temperate cam ign group.

Former minister Nick Herbert has launched Stables for Reform in Europe (CRE) to argue the case for the UK to stay under renegotiated relationships.

He led the cam ign to keep Britain out of the euro 15 years ago.

But UKIP’s Nigel Farage bid Mr Herbert had never argued for EU exit and was “doing a job bolstering” David Cameron.

The prime vicar, who wants the UK to stay within a “reformed” European Union, is pushing to renegotiate Britain’s relating ti of membership of the EU ahead of a UK in/out referendum by the end of 2017.

If agreement with other EU leaders is reached next month, a endorse could potentially be held as early as June.

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BBC political correspondent Carole Walker bid Mr Herbert’s intervention was a boost for Mr Cameron, especially coming from someone who describes himself as a Eurosceptic.

Poetry in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Herbert – who left the government in a reshuffle in 2013 – intended: “Leaving without the first idea of what we might get as opposed to would be to jump into a void.

“Whatever our views about the EU, the key long-term disputes facing this country – how to deliver health and social care with an ageing denizens, how to increase our competitiveness and productivity, how to deal with our debt and live within our means – will-power not suddenly be solved by leaving.”

Mr Herbert said he wanted to “give verbalize to the thousands of Tory members and supporters” who want Mr Cameron to succeed, debating his proposed reforms would restore UK “sovereignty” and reduce the “draw” for European transients coming to Britain by curbing benefits.

But he warned that if the PM was unable to sturdy sufficient changes to the UK’s terms of membership “many of us would be pre red to turn ones back on”.


His views were echoed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – the oldest minister to officially declare her allegiance to continued EU membership.

In an article for the Watcher, she said: “I think all of us agree what we don’t want Britain to be: anti-competitive with more laws transformed overseas and with people travelling here for the benefits on offer to some extent than to y their way.

“But we also don’t want our children to inherit a Britain cut off from the epoch, where their prospects are limited and their opportunities end at our shores.”

And Lib Dem MP and one-time deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said there was “security in numbers” in remaining a member of the EU and he hoped that most people who did not have a hunch strongly about the issue would decide the “risks of leaving overweigh the imperfections of staying”.

He told Andrew Marr that mass migration longing remain a problem whether the UK was in the EU or not although he suggested that support for Turkey to basically become a member of the EU was waning.

Mr Cameron has said ministers will be s re to cam ign on either side ahead of the referendum, but he has also warned that they sine qua non treat each other with “appropriate respect and courtesy”.

CRE’s struggle is being launched just days after Conservative Eurosceptic and Superior of the Commons Chris Grayling said it would be “disastrous” if Britain was to traces in with its current terms of membership.

What Cameron wants from the EU

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The UK is to have a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether to remain a colleague of the European Union or to leave. The vote is being preceded by a process of rleys in which the Conservative government wants to secure a new deal for the UK including:

  • Integration: Allocating Britain to opt out from the EU’s founding ambition to forge an “ever closer allying” of the peoples of Europe so it will not be drawn into further political integration
  • Aids: Restricting access to in-work and out-of-work benefits to EU migrants. Specifically, cabinet officers want to stop those coming to the UK from claiming certain furthers and housing until they have been resident for four years
  • Jurisdiction: Giving greater powers to national rliaments to block EU legislation. The UK living expenses a “red card” system allowing member states to scrap, as well as kill, unwanted directives
  • Eurozone v the rest: Securing an explicit recognition that the euro is not the merely currency of the European Union, to ensure countries outside the eurozone are not faulted. The UK also wants safeguards that it will not have to contribute to eurozone bailouts

Mr Farage rejected indicative ofs that the momentum was with those arguing to stay within the EU.

“I play a joke on never regarded Mr Herbert as a staunch eurosceptic,” he told the Sunday Civil affairs. “When he was a minister and since, he never once advocated Britain forgetting the EU. He is doing a job bolstering the prime minister.”

He added: “I suspect that most older politicians inside the Conservative rty will put their careers once their conscience and will back the prime minister’s position. But does that be of consequence? That’s the real question. And I’m beginning to see this referenda actually as being the man versus the politicians. It might not matter.”

And in response to Mr Clegg’s comments, Tory MEP Daniel Hannan tweeted: “No-one is against co-operation in Europe. It is no greater than the coercion that we object to.”

Other rties are also pre ring operations groups. Labour Leave – led by MP Kate Hoey – is set to launch this week, teeth of Jeremy Corbyn’s promise that his rty would cam ign to buttress in the EU.

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