Hours after Prime Minister David Cameron announces a referendum on a deal designed to give Britain special status in the EU, six cabinet ministers declare their opposition to the plan. Diane Hodges reports.
What a difference a few hours makes! On Saturday, British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared at the entrance to Number 10 Downing Street to set June 23rd as the date for a referendum on a new deal to keep Britain in the European Union. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "The choice is in your hands, but my recommendation is clear. I believe that Britain will be safer and stronger and better off in a reformed European Union." But within hours, some of his ministers announced plans to campaign against the deal. One of Cameron's closest political allies, Justice Secretary Michael Gove signed a poster saying, "Let's take back control," along with five other cabinet members, including the minister for Northern Ireland, Teresa Villers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTHERN IRELAND MINISTER, THERESA VILLIERS, SAYING: "I think the only way we can get a relationship with Europe that works for the United Kingdom is by leaving and by negotiating a fresh deal based on trade and friendly cooperation, not on political union." The deal Cameron reached on Friday followed weeks of negotiations, which he said won his country a "special status," allowing it to benefit from certain aspects of EU membership without taking parts Cameron said Britain doesn't want, like the Euro. But for euro-skeptics, that status apparently is still not special enough.