MP JOHN HOWELL will be voting for Britain to stay in the European Union in the referendum on June 23
MP JOHN HOWELL will be voting for Britain to stay in the European Union in the referendum on June 23.
The Henley MP said his reasons were “trade, security and effective control of our operations”.
He said he didn’t want to comment on his predecessor Boris Johnson’s decision to campaign for Britain to leave but added: “I think Boris has got it completely the wrong way round.”
Mr Howell praised David Cameron for negotiating a package of changes to the UK’s membership of the EU, including to child benefit and migrant welfare payments.
Mr Howell said: “The Prime Minister’s deal is actually a substantial one that has put the UK in a very clear position. For my part I have long been a supporter of our membership of a reformed EU and remain so.
“The PM has worked hard to get Britain out of ‘ever closer union’ and give national parliaments the power to work together to block unwanted EU laws. We said we would make Europe more competitive and we have delivered that in this deal with commitments to cut red tape, in particular for small businesses.
We have also put an end to the ‘something for nothing’ welfare culture for EU migrants.”