Cameron Rebuked by Party Members for Ignoring Their Views on EU

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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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.