Writing in the Telegraph of the 5th January 2016, David Campbell Bannerman MEP welcomed the news that Prime Minister David Cameron will allow his Ministers to campaign for either side in the Brexit Referendum once the renegotiation process has ended. This is likely to take place next month following the European Leaders Summit on the 19th of February. The MEP noted that as many as nine Cabinet Ministers could back the campaign to leave the EU.
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David Campbell Bannerman also praised the Prime Minister for his ‘wise and courageous decision’ in the Huffington Post. The MEP noted that ‘Mr Cameron was sensible and enlightened to allow his ministers the freedom to campaign on whichever side they desire. It took courage and sound political nous.’ Moreover, the decision was ‘in the best interest of democratic politics more generally. The last thing an already cynical public want to see are the most senior politicians forced to back something they simply do not believe in, on such a massive issue of principle, just in the name of collective responsibility. There is a big enough democratic deficit and distrust of politicians as there is.’