Up to half a dozen members of the cabinet believe Britain should leave the EU if David Cameron fails to deliver a major reform of Britain’s membership terms, according to senior Tory sources.
As the prime minister prepares to outline his plans to reform the free movement of people within the EU in a long-awaited speech, the Tory sources indicated a growing number of ministers are prepared to speak out.
Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister, became the latest senior minister to say Britain should be prepared to leave if the negotiations fail following the claim by Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, that Britain has nothing to fear outside the EU. Other ministers prepared to countenance an exit include Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, Chris Grayling, the justice secretary and Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland secretary. Michael Gove, the chief whip, was reported by the Mail on Sunday as saying Britain should be prepared to leave unless the EU agrees to restore British sovereignty.
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