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The Vale of Clwyd’s Conservative MP says he will vote for the UK to leave the European Union in the referendum this June.
Dr James Davies said he believed ”it was time to move on” as he believed the EU was a ”largely political project”, of which Britain was a ”reluctant partner”. But the MP said he had made his decision ”by a relatively small margin”.
Dr Davies, who was elected last May, is one of five Welsh Conservative politicians to announce he will vote against the Prime Minister’s preference to stay in the EU. The Tories’ Welsh leader, Andrew RT Davies, says he will also vote against continuing membership. The referendum will be held on Thursday 23rd June.
In a statement published on Facebook this morning, Dr Davies said: ”Until recently, I assumed that Britain’s future was likely to be best served by remaining a member of the European Union, but the national debate and local feedback triggered by the impending vote has made me think somewhat differently.”
”For me, the arguments for and against remaining in the EU are finely balanced but the end, I believe we need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that the true and over-riding EU agenda of ever-closer integration is one we have never shared. While there are some aspects of the EU which suit the UK, we can pursue these in other ways while freeing ourselves of the many aspects which do not.”
This afternoon, the Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies declared he would also vote to leave the European Union, alongside three other Tory MPs, including the former Welsh Secretary of State, David Jones (Clwyd West), along with Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire) and David Davies (Monmouth).
The current Welsh Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb, has said he will vote to remain in the union. MPs Guto Bebb (Aberconwy), Byron Davies (Gower), Simon Hart (Carmarthen West/South Pembrokeshire) and Craig Williams (Cardiff North) have also said they will vote to stay in the EU.
In a speech in the House of Commons this afternoon, David Cameron said there was a choice between ”an even greater Britain” staying in Europe or a ”leap into the dark” by leaving. He also ruled out the possibility of a second referendum if the UK votes to exit the EU.