UK Cabinet minister implies he may campaign for EU exit

Senior British Cabinet minister hints he could campaign to leave European Union if bloc failed to accept UK Prime Minister’s "demands for change"

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Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons lower chamber of parliament.

A senior British Cabinet minister indicated he could be against the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU if the Union ignored British Prime Minister David Cameron's demands on the reform of the bloc.

In the article for the Telegraph newspaper, Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons lower chamber of parliament, outlined his "strong Eurosceptic views."  

"Simply staying in the EU with our current terms of membership unchanged would be disastrous for Britain," Grayling said. 

"I have always believed that it is imperative that his renegotiation takes place and delivers as much potential change as possible," he said. 

"I want Britain to choose between a changed relationship and leaving."

In 2013, Cameron had promised a referendum on the EU membership by the end of 2017, due to the pressure from lawmakers who feared that the anti-EU UK Independence Party might win the elections.

Cameron demanded his EU counterparts let Britain cut in-work benefits for employees coming in from other EU member states and prevent London from implementing certain eurozone rules believed to harm British interests.

He said his EU counterparts would have “plenty of time” to think on his requests regarding a new relationship with Brussels.

A Cameron ally, Grayling is among a number of the cabinet ministers who are against to future integration in the bloc.

"The crisis in the euro zone and the migration challenge have led to calls for still more integration and a move towards much greater political union," he said.

"It is a path that the UK will not and should not follow."

Earlier on this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave into his ministers to allow them to campaign both for or against exit European Union in the forthcoming referendum.

According to the latest poll from YouGov between 17-18 December, 41 percent of British citizens wanted to stay as a member of EU and that 42 percent were against EU membership. It also found 17 percent were undecided.

Another research was held by Ipsos MORI carried out between 12–14 December, found 58 percent voted for leaving while 32 percent favored staying and 10 percent were undecided.

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