Sir Greg joins '˜Vote Leave' campaign
The MP for East Yorkshire has joined a growing number within the Conservative Party calling for a break from Europe.
Sir Greg Knight said he would support ‘Brexit’, arguing Britain is being held back by a European Union that has become a victim of its own “bloated” and centralised bureaucracy.
In a press release issued on Tuesday (February 24), Sir Greg said: “The terms on offer show that we still do not have control of our borders as we were promised and our courts remain subservient in law to the EU.
“We have had a renegotiation but never has so much time and energy been expended by so many to produce so little. The EU itself has not changed. It is still a bloated centralising bureaucracy incapable of resisting expansionist and interventionist activity.
“I predict that if Britain votes to stay, within eight months they will be asking us to pay even more, not out of spite but because they are totally incapable of controlling their own activity and keeping within their budgets.”
It comes as divisions within the Tory party deepen over the June referendum.
And Prime Minsiter David Cameron has reportedly banned Eurosceptic ministers from cabinet briefings and is preventing them from accessing official documents.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, publicly announced his support for the Vote Leave campaign on Friday, saying to go against the Prime Minster was the “last thing” he ever wanted to do.
He said: “After a great deal of heartache I don’t think there’s anything else I can do. I will be advocating Vote Leave...because I want a better deal for the people of this country.”
The Prime Minister said he was “quite conceded” over the referendum.
He added: “I have huge respect for Boris as a politician, he is a great friend of mine, he is a fantastic mayor of London. I think he has a lot to give to the Conservative Party.
“But on this issue, I think he’s got it wrong.”