Tory turmoil on Europe is embarassing for David Cameron – but potentially disastrous for the UK economy, says Linda McAvan

Adel and Wharfedale Branch

Whilst David Cameron is away, negotiating with Barack Obama on a vital trade agreement between the EU and the US, members of his cabinet have joined backbenchers in tabling an amendment to the Queen’s speech committing them to an EU referendum, undermining the trade agreement potentially worth £10 billion to the UK economy.home_content_header_image

The Independent newspaper yesterday reported that there is no precedent in modern politics for members of a governing party, voting for a motion which criticises their own Queen’s speech. It is truly farcical. In what we can only conclude is an orchestrated move, we have had a week of Tory Grandees followed by serving cabinet ministers calling for Britain to quit the EU. This whole saga is not, as we know, only about Europe. Attacking Europe has become a proxy for attacking David Cameron who most Tories now feel cannot win the next general election. So while…

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