Sept 19, 2011
MPs from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party on Monday intensified calls for a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union.
Mark Pritchard, secretary of the party’s influential 1922 committee, called the EU a “burdensome yoke” and warned in Monday’s Daily Telegraph that Tory support for the project could “no longer be taken for granted”.
The MP for The Wrekin in Shrophshire claimed the EU was “disfiguring Britain’s independence” and pushed for a “trade-only relationship” with the bloc.
Eurosceptic Conservative lawmakers have become increasingly frustrated by Cameron’s reluctance to repatriate powers from the EU and 120 backbenchers — MPs without a government role — met last week to voice their concerns.