Cameron Facing New Rebellions on Europe; Threat of Refendum on Quitting and Revolt over Euro

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Cameron Facing New Rebellions on Europe; Threat of Refendum on Quitting and Revolt over Euro


Byline: Tim Shipman Deputy Political Editor

DAVID Cameron faces a double revolt over Europe today with Tory MPs demanding a referendum on the EU and threatening a backbench rebellion over the new treaty.

The Prime Minister heads to a summit in Brussels with senior Tories warning him not to cave in to demands from eurozone countries to use the EU institutions funded by Britain to prop up the single currency.

Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson both told Mr Cameron yesterday not to allow the European Court of Justice to enforce the new rules on spending in the eurozone after No 10 revealed on Friday MPs will today join the launch of a crossparty campaign to demand a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

The People's Pledge, which has collected 100,000 signatures supporting a nationwide vote, will announce plans to hold a series of local referendums to pile pressure on the Government to act.

To further antagonise Tory Eurosceptics, it emerged yesterday that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is sending a member of his staff with Mr Cameron to the summit to keep an eye on him - after the Lib Dem leader was allegedly 'blindsided' by the PM's treaty veto before Christmas.

Eurosceptic Tories warned Mr Cameron that he will face the 'mother of all rows' if he fails to block plans for the new European fiscal union to use the European Court of Justice to enforce its rules.

They believe that will allow those countries which sign the treaty to meddle with the single market, of which Britain is a member.

Mr Cameron has repeatedly vowed to block the use of the EU institutions since he vetoed UK involvement in a new treaty in December but a No 10 source confirmed the U-turn, saying: 'We are not going to throw our toys out over this.' Mr Duncan Smith, the most senior Eurosceptic in the Cabinet, said that he trusted Mr Cameron to stick to his pledge not to back down.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said: 'The fact is the Prime Minister vetoed them using the institutions and he has always said that veto was because we had no guarantees that what they are proposing would not damage the single market, or for that matter, would actually cause problems for the financial sector.'

Asked about the No 10 climbdown, London mayor Mr Johnson said: 'I'm anxious that the wrong approach may be taken on the eurozone.' Tory MP Nadine Dorries said: 'Cameron is sleepwalking into the mother of all backbench rows if he thinks he can let "FU" nations use the ECJ without recourse to Parliament. …

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