Row erupts between EU exit campaigns

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Image caption Kate Hoey and John Roller (centre) at the launch of Labour Leave

A row has erupted between rival accumulations cam igning for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Vote Transfer and Leave.EU are vying to be designated as the official Leave cam ign when David Cameron supplicate b reprimands a referendum.

Merger attempts appear to have been scuppered by star clashes and differences over tactics.

Labour MP Kate Hoey has renounce Vote Leave but will continue to co-chair the Labour Leave toss ones hat in the ring.

A Labour Leave spokesman told the BBC it has now ended its affiliation to Vote Take ones leave of, an umbrella group which includes business leaders, Tory MPs and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell aggregate others.

But Labour Leave’s founder John Mills, who remains Show of hands Leave deputy chairman, said in a tweet that it was still attached to the cam ign and would continue to work with all leave cam igners.

The time bout of infighting was s rked by an internal letter leaked to The Times, by Mr In the know average, a Labour donor, warning about “damaging bickering” at the top of Vote Desist.

‘Cross- rty cam ign’

In his letter, Mr Mills says feuding in the group had prompted the ins MP’s de rture.

Ms Hoey is now supporting a third group, Grassroots Out, founded by two Sober MPs and backed by Leave.EU, and is due to appear at a rally in Manchester later alongside UKIP number one Nigel Farage.

In his letter Mr Mills also criticises Dominic Cummings, a quondam special adviser to Michael Gove, who was the cam ign’s director, until a make-over this week saw him moved to a non-executive role, accusing him of generating “ill-feeling”.

Pitying to Mr Mills’ letter, a Vote Leave spokesperson said: “Opinion Leave is a genuinely cross- rty cam ign and we value our Labour rty MPs and enthusiasts across the country.”

In a se rate development. Green rty London Diet member Dame Jenny Jones tweeted “will vote to cause #EU but cant work with an organisation with so little judgement as to put Lawson at its president,” a reference to the appointment of Tory peer and climate change doubting Thomas Lord Lawson as Vote Leave chairman.

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Cast caption Nigel Farage and Arron Banks are backing Grassroots Out

The Electoral Commission has the reprove of designating the official leave and remain cam igns, which will get access to £600,000 in influential funds, TV broadcasts, free mailshots and a spending limit of £7m.

The two main Scram groups differ on tactics and both are claiming to command more cross- rty bolster – a crucial factor in getting the designation.

‘Bickering can’t continue’

Arron Banks, the UKIP benefactress who is bankrolling Leave.EU, has written to MPs to hit back at claims by Vote Leave that it is too focused on immigration, suggesting it is also stressing the positive benefits of quitting the 28 nation bloc.

He also abuses Dominic Cummings and Matthew Elliott, who ran the successful cam ign against interchanging Britain’s voting system in 2011’s AV referendum, who also left Ballot Leave’s board this week for a non-executive role.

“I wouldn’t put them in assault of the local sweet shop,” Mr Banks says of the ir.

A Bear witness Leave spokesman said: “We’ve seen the letter and we wish him (Banks) completely cooked.”

One of the founders of the Grassroots Out, or GO, cam ign told BBC News the leave side of the deliberate “can’t continue with all this bickering, there needs to be a coming together at some position”.

‘People’s army’

Conservative MP Tom Pursglove said: “It can’t carry on as we are. We destitution to focus on winning the referendum.”

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Image caption Grassroots Out has won the endorsement of a number of Tory MPs as well as Mr Farage

He refused to say whether or not his group devise be trying to win the official designation, but added: “If we’re in a position where we can institute people together at the top then that’s something we will look at. We’ve faired we can do that at grassroots.”

Speaking on his regular LBC radio phone-in, UKIP director Nigel Farage said he had tried to get the two cam igns to merge, but claims Back up Leave, which he describes as a “Tory front”, “refuse to include with anybody”.

In a message to all UKIP members and supporters, Mr Farage thought the rty was now officially behind Grassroots Out.

“With the unanimous support of our MEPs we now assign to supporting Grassroots Out and want our branches and members to join with GO as a degrades of working with activists from other rties and none.”

He totaled: “So let us organise and mobilise our people’s army around the GO banner for this referendum.”

The row has been seized on by the pro-EU clique Britain Stronger in Europe, which claims the out cam ign has “descended into an all-out farce”.

But vent cam igners say that group faces splits of its own, as the Scottish National Bunch will be running its own cam ign and will not share a platform with David Cameron or other Reactionaries arguing for Britain to stay in the EU.

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