Tuesday

16th Aug 2022

Pro-Brexit Tories predict Cameron leadership challenge

  • The British Conservative party's eurosceptic rebels question Cameron's leadership (Photo: Georgina Coupe/Number 10)

British prime minister David Cameron could face a leadership challenge within his Conservative party over the EU referendum, two rebellious Tory MPs have suggested.

Andrew Bridgen and Nadine Dorries said that even winning the referendum would not prevent Cameron from facing a challenge in the summer.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Become an expert on Europe

Get instant access to all articles — and 20 years of archives. 14-day free trial.

... or subscribe as a group

Bridgen told the BBC that Cameron's statements to persuade voters to remain in the EU were “outrageous” and that the PM had in effect lost his parliamentary majority.

"I honestly think we probably need to go for a general election before Christmas and get a new mandate from the people,” he said, adding that the Conservative party was deeply fractured.

Bridgen added that at least 50 Tory MPs felt the same way. If 50 MPs formally declare a lack of support, the party would call a vote of confidence.

Dorries told ITV that Cameron was lying in the EU referendum campaign and that she had already submitted a letter of no confidence against the prime minister within the party.

On Monday (30 May) another Tory MP, Sir Bill Cash, a veteran eurosceptic Tory, told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that Cameron's “monumentally misleading propaganda” was infuriating, and he was “certainly considering” submitting a letter calling for a confidence vote .

More senior Tory figures in the Brexit camp still backed Cameron, however, and insisted a confidence vote would not happen.

“I don’t think there are 50 colleagues gunning for the prime minister,” said Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, who is campaigning to leave the EU.

Observers say it is unlikely that Cameron will lose the party leadership if the Remain camp wins in the 23 June referendum, but a no confidence motion could weaken his authority.

G7 warns Brexit could hurt global growth

G7 leaders in Japan warned that the UK leaving the European Union is a "serious threat" to global economic growth, as EU leaders draw up plans in case British voters choose to leave the bloc.

Cameron set for EU showdown with MPs

British PM Cameron is due to make his case in parliament for the UK to stay in the EU, but party ally Boris Johnson has announced he will campaign to leave.

Obama: No quick UK trade deal if it leaves EU

Obama in London served a big blow to the Leave campaign saying the UK will be in the "back of the queue" in negotiating a trade deal with the US, if it were to leave the EU.

Brexit Briefing

The Tories' last EU battle?

With eurosceptic MPs drawing knives on David Cameron, the EU membership vote has become a fight for the Conservative Party's soul on Europe.

Column

Albania's post-communist dream has lessons for Ukraine

Comparisons between post-communist Albania and current-day Ukraine are fascinating — and make many pertinent parallels. Ukrainians have a similar determination to belong to "the rest of Europe" as Albanians.

Opinion

Finally, the victims of Utøya got a memorial

A legal battle between locals on the one hand and the state and the labour youth organisation on the other side postponed the inception of the memorial in remembrance of the victims of Anders Behring Breivik.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic prime ministers: “We will deepen co-operation on defence”
  2. EFBWW – EFBH – FETBBConstruction workers can check wages and working conditions in 36 countries
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic and Canadian ministers join forces to combat harmful content online
  4. European Centre for Press and Media FreedomEuropean Anti-SLAPP Conference 2022
  5. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic ministers write to EU about new food labelling
  6. Nordic Council of MinistersEmerging journalists from the Nordics and Canada report the facts of the climate crisis

Latest News

  1. Germany rejects visa ban for Russian tourists
  2. Iran responds to EU's 'final text' on nuclear deal
  3. Model minority myths
  4. EU must make public who really owns its fishing fleets
  5. Germany needs to cut gas use by 20% to stave off winter crisis
  6. Europe's wildfire destruction set to hit new record
  7. How Putin and Erdoğan are making the West irrelevant
  8. Defying Russian bombs, Ukraine football starts 2022 season

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us