David Cameron’s “decision” to allow members of his cabinet and Members of Parliament to campaign for Leave is now resulting in a leadership coup.
25 days before the referendum on British membership of the EU the prospect of a party split and a non-confidence vote is becoming ever more likely.
On Sunday the former Mayor of London and Leave chief campaigner, Boris Johnson, and former Welfare Minister Michael Gove in signing an open letter to Cameron. The two Tory politicians are calling on David Cameron to admit he cannot deliver in a key campaign promise to cut immigration to the U.K, unless Britain leaves the EU.
New data released on Friday suggest net migration to the U.K has surged; rather than declining to below 100,000 as Cameron had promised, it has reached 330,000. The two prominent Tories accuse the Prime Minister of “corroding public trust” by failing to deliver on promises. Jonson and Gove link the EU with immigration, pressure on minimum wage jobs and welfare services.
Speaking indirectly about the Prime Minister and Chancellor Osborne, Employment cabinet Minister Priti Patel said they were “too rich to care” about the effects of immigration.
One MP suggests that a no-confidence motion against David Cameron is already backed by 20 Tory MPs openly. The move is led by Europsceptic MP Sir Bill Cash, according to the Telegraph. Another Conservative MP, Nadine Dorries, said the PM was “toast” after the Leave campaign.”
On Substance, the former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair told the BBC on Sunday that it was not at all clear how Brexit would make a difference to immigration from the EU, as it has failed to do so for Norway and any state with access to the common market.
On Monday, the famously pro-EU Tory, Ken Clarke, said Boris Johnson was a “nicer version of Donald Trump” running a remarkably similar campaign. He spelled out a commonly voiced criticism that the Leave campaign is turning “… into a kind of leadership bid for Boris Johnson.”
The recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is joining Cameron on the “Europe battle bus,” despite the refusal of Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn to get onboard telling ITV this was a debate “about the country’s future.”
(Telegraph, Mail, BBC, Sun, ITV)