Michael Ancram, who was representative pioneer of the Conservative Party and shadow remote secretary under Iain Duncan Smith, would have us trust that he was at last induced to vote to leave the EU by President Obama’s “pretentious” backing for Britain to remain and by the head administrator’s “joke of a renegotiation”.
Odd, truly, on the grounds that long before both of those two occasions Ancram had been advising any individual who wished to know, including the House of Lords, that he supported withdrawal. Anyway, he has now chosen to nail his valor to the fundamental pole – his illustration, not mine.
What reasons does he give in his Daily Telegraph article?
Firstly, he says the EU “is still dead set on the accomplishment of an entirely joined Europe, inside which our once glad nation would turn into a minor area”. That is an unusual contention in a way on the grounds that the EU, as of late as February, made it clear that the preambular reference in the EU bargain to “a nearer and nearer union among its people groups” does not make a difference to the UK and that Britain is in no sense focused on a political union. It is more unusual still given that, under the terms of the 2011 Referendum Act, any British government is bound by law to present any further exchange of forces to Brussels to a submission.