No tears for minister at EU exit

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Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A Conservative Cabinet minister has said that he would not “shed a tear” if Britain votes to leave the European Union in the referendum promised for 2017 by David Cameron.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said that the “most important thing” was for voters to be given a choice on the issue.

Mr Javid has previously said that British people should not be frightened of cutting ties with Brussels, prompting speculation that he may be lining himself up as a possible candidate of the eurosceptic right in a future leadership election.

But he told a Westminster lunch that he was “not making any plans to lead any party”.

Answering questions from reporters, Mr Javid was asked if he would shed a tear if voters opted for “Brexit” in 2017.

The Culture Secretary said: “The most important thing is that the British people are given a choice. I’m pleased that the Conservatives are absolutely committed to that, and that is what will happen if we win the election.

“Would I shed a tear? No.”

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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