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Liam Fox has denied that his speech calling for Britain to renegotiate its relationship with the EU was part of a comeback effort after his resignation last year, and said it would not have been possible for him to make such comments from the front bench.
Eurosceptic Conservative backbencher Peter Bone has welcomed Liam Fox's comments, which he said showed the process of obtaining a referendum on the EU was "gaining momentum at enormous speed"
Mr Bone told Sky News:
The former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox has called on the government to negotiate a new relationship with the EU based on economic rather than political considerations.
He said "if we succeed a referendum should be held" but if this approach fails "we would have no alternative but to recommend rejection and consider departure from the European Union".
Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox has said that the UK should leave the European Union unless there is a rebalancing of their relationship.
But while he supports a referendum on the relationship, he does not think one should be held now.
Former defence secretary, Dr Liam Fox, has said in a speech calling for a referendum on Britain's membership with the EU:
The former defence secretary, Dr Liam Fox, is giving a speech calling for a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union.
He has said: "I do not think national interest served by the current EU relationship".
He has also told the audience at the Taxpayers' Alliance function: "Too often EU leaders behave as though they are at the centre of the global economy".
Former defence secretary Liam Fox will today set out his staunchly eurosceptic credentials when he declares that "life outside the EU holds no terror".
It follows the Prime Minister reassuring eurosceptics that he is prepared to hold an EU referendum.
In a speech, the Tory MP will say:
Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox will today become the most senior Conservative to break ranks and call for a referendum.
In a speech this morning, he will argue the eurozone crisis has put Britain's national interests at stake.
David Cameron is facing renewed backbench disquiet over the European Union after he tried and failed to satisfy Conservative demands for a referendum.
Conservative MPs warned that the Prime Minister had not gone far enough by declaring that he would consider calling a referendum - but not yet.
Later today, Mr Cameron will make a statement on Europe to MPs in the Commons.
Latest ITV News reports
Former defence secretary Liam Fox has said that the UK should leave the European Union unless there is a rebalancing of their relationship.
Foreign Secretary Hague said there would be a "very, very powerful" case for a referendum if Europe moved towards a more federal system.