British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a revolt from among his Conservatives for encouraging lawmakers to ignore their local party’s views on an upcoming European Union membership referendum.
Cameron has said he will back staying in the EU if a draft deal on Britain’s futurerelationship published this week is agreed by other EU leaders, but many in his party, which is deeply divided over Europe, do not plan to back his position.
Earlier this week Cameron told parliament that lawmakers should not decide which side to campaign for based on what their local party group might say, instead telling them to do what they think “is right for Britain”.
The comments have provoked an angry response from party members, who said they had undermined the goodwill Cameron had gained from promising the referendum in the first place.
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