Prime Minister Cameron Denied Brexit Has Divided His Cabinet
Prime Minister David Cameron denied that his cabinet was split over Brexit. He accused journalist to be overly eager to hunt news on political rift.
Bloomberg reported he denied the issue when press was asking Prime Minister Cameron regarding his Cabinet minister comment on increasing minimum wage. The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said that such flagship policy would drive up immigration. Journalists asked Cameron whether such comment breached the rules.
"You all go around setting each others' hair on fire and getting very excited about this but it's all a lot of process-ology. I can't see what the issue is," Prime Minister Cameron said.
According to the rules, ministers shouldn't publicly criticize the government. Bloomberg said Whittingdale comment that it will be difficult for Prime Minister Cameron to keep his Conservative intact. Furthermore Cameron criticized his Cabinet who opposed him.
"I make absolutely no apology for challenging those who want to leave to set out what the alternative is because it changes all the time. One minute it's a Canada free-trade deal, then it's not a Canada free-trade deal, then it's an easy deal with the European single market, then it's not an easy deal with the single market."
In regard to the Brexit referendum he stressed the importance of the event, "This is a really important decision for the future of our country, for our children and our grandchildren, and we've got to get it right."
Meanwhile one of his Cabinet member quit over the diference on the issue. The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith resigned last month over the issue. Other five members of his cabinet oppose Cameron, and they are campaigning to leave the European Union bloc.
Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative Party leader resigned on March 18 over proposed cuts to welfare payments for people with disabilities. His subordinate Pensions Minister Ros Altmann accused him of seeking to do maximum damage to the party leadership to further campaign on Brexit. New York Times reported that Mr. Duncan Smith refused the argument.
He said the he considered the welfare cuts for people with disabilities were deeply unfair. It is because the cuts were set side by side with tax cuts for the wealthy.
South China Morning Post reported that resignation of Minister Iain Duncan Smith, which often referred to simply by his initials IDS, is perhaps the biggest blow for David Cameron administration. A Liberal Democral politician David Laws told BBC the divide in current government will have a huge impact. He said, "I hate to intrude into a civil war which is now dominating British politics."
Although Prime Minister Cameron denied the fissure in his government, but the tension regarding Brexit is getting high. He also accused journalist to be overly eager in hunting news on political rift.