Now Labour is rocked by anti-EU rebellion: MPs call for an end to its 'love in' with Brussels and vote 'out' in referendum unless David Cameron wins reforms

  • Labour MPs mounting rebellion against party's traditional pro-Brussels line
  • They hope anti-EU group will give voice to Eurosceptic wing of the party
  • And will call for 'out' vote in referendum unless Cameron wins reforms 

Labour MPs are mounting a rebellion against their party’s traditionally pro-Brussels line by forming a new anti-EU group.

The MPs hope Labour for Britain (UK), which is expected to be launched on Tuesday, will give voice to the rarely publicised Eurosceptic wing of the party.

Backed by the party’s largest individual donor, it will call for Labour to end its ‘love-in’ with Brussels and call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron wins radical reforms.

The group will call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron, pictured above with Angela Merkel, wins radical reforms

The group will call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron, pictured above with Angela Merkel, wins radical reforms

The move comes after Labour executed a post-Election U-turn and abandoned its opposition to a vote, which the Prime Minister has promised will be held by 2017.

Leaders of the Labour group estimate that between 20 and 30 party MPs would be in favour of leaving the EU if Cameron failed to secure a significant repatriation of powers back to Westminster. 

Rebellion: One member of the new anti-EU group, MP Kate Hoey, pictured with Boris Johnson says the party might have ‘won a few more seats’ if Ed Miliband had backed an EU referendum in the manifesto

Rebellion: One member of the new anti-EU group, MP Kate Hoey, pictured with Boris Johnson says the party might have ‘won a few more seats’ if Ed Miliband had backed an EU referendum in the manifesto

The group will be bankrolled by John Mills, businessman brother-in-law of Labour’s London Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell. 

He became the party’s biggest financial backer in 2013 when he gave it £1.65 million.

In an article for today’s Mail on Sunday, one member of the group, MP Kate Hoey, says the party might have ‘won a few more seats’ if Ed Miliband had backed an EU referendum in the manifesto.

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