Tory split over EU vote as plans to return powers from Brussels snubbed as ‘whitewash’
Macer HallSenior Tory backbencher John Redwood launched a scathing attack on the progress of the Government’s review of meddling by the European Union. The former Welsh Secretary said the review should take notice of Tory demands for Britain to pull out of a string of EU treaties.
His broadside sparked concerns in Downing Street that the Prime Minister’s attempt to unite the party behind his plan for an in-or-out EU referendum by the end of 2017 may already be unravelling.
Earlier this year, Mr Cameron ordered Foreign Secretary William Hague to audit the powers that Brussels currently has to meddle in the UK’s internal affairs as the first step in a drive to loosen the country’s ties with the EU. But Mr Redwood feared that the results of the audit so far suggested it was a cosmetic exercise.
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"Tory split over EU vote as plans to return powers from Brussels snubbed as ‘whitewash’", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2013. Consulté le 06/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/tory-split-over-eu-vote-as-plans-to-return-powers-from-brussels-snubbed-as-whitewash-