In the wake of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Decision to Stay in the EU at any and all costs, six of Cameron’s ministers have announced they will campaign for “Brexit” to leave the EU.
Normally, failure to go along with the boss would result in immediate dismissal, but Cameron feared that outcome and let his ministers decide on their own.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is still undecided. His decision may decide outcome.
Bloomberg reports Pro-‘Brexit’ U.K. Ministers Show Their Colors Straight Away.
Six U.K. ministers signaled their intention to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in June 23’s referendum by heading straight from a cabinet meeting to the headquarters of the Vote Leave campaign group.
Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons, were among the six who featured in a picture tweeted by Vote Leave holding a banner reading “Let’s take back control.” They were joined by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and Employment Minister Priti Patel.
Cameron said Friday he was disappointed, but not surprised by Gove’s decision to campaign for Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc, a so-called Brexit. He’s perhaps the highest-profile minister to join the “Leave” campaign and it had been uncertain whether he’d decide to back Cameron or not. The other five ministers were all known Euro-skeptics.
In an effort to avert cabinet resignations and the sort of in-fighting that beset previous Tory administrations, Cameron told lawmakers in January that ministers would not be disciplined for opposing the official line on the referendum.
Eyes on London Mayor Mayor
An Ipsos Mori poll on Feb. 17 found that after Cameron, it’s the London mayor’s stance on the referendum that matters the most to voters. Forty-four percent of people surveyed said the prime minister’s views will be important when making their decision on whether to vote to stay in or leave the EU, with Johnson on 32 percent.
If Mayor Johnson decides to vote no, I expect Brexit will win.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock