As Major warns of no going back...
Fox declares unity with Farage in EU out campaign
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox says he will campaign with UKIP leader Nigel Farage for Britain to leave the European Union.
He told a BBC politics programme that this was a time “for the issue not for the personalities” and there had not been enough on Britain’s membership in the EU.
Dr Fox also called for cabinet ministers who opposed remaining within the EU to be allowed to speak out openly on the issue.
He expressed concern that the EU would continue to move towards ever closer integration which he said would not benefit the UK and was critical of plans for single border force to guard the Schengen agreement zone, which has struggled to cope with the influx of refugees from Syria this year.
“This is a force that will be deployed by the Commission, not by elected governments, and can in fact be done against the will of sovereign governments,” Dr Fox told the Andrew Marr show.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major insisted leaving the EU would not be without its pitfalls for Britain.
“If we vote to stay out then we are out and we will have to get on with it and face the consequences, which will be many and varied,” he said.
“Of course we will survive – we are a big and a powerful nation – of course we will.
“That’s not the point. The point is would we be as safe? No. Would we be as well off? No. Would we be as influential? No. So that is the point that is really at issue.”