(London Daily Mail) The chances of Britain leaving the EU rose dramatically last night after it emerged that one of David Cameron's closest Cabinet allies believes it is time to tell Brussels bluntly: ‘We are ready to quit.'
Education Secretary Michael Gove has told friends that, if there was a referendum today on whether the UK should cut its ties with Brussels, he would vote to leave.
He wants Britain to give other EU nations an ultimatum: 'Give us back our sovereignty or we will walk out.'
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Mr Gove insists the UK could thrive as a free trading nation on its own, like other non-EU nations in Europe such as Norway and Switzerland. He has changed his view partly as a result of his fury at Brussels meddling which has held up his school reforms.