The former EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has accused eurosceptic politicians of "operating a sort of Sopranos-style protection racket inside the Conservative party".
He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show:
The UK isolation party and their fellow travellers in the Conservative party are ... operating a sort of Sopranos-style protection racket inside the Conservative party. They are saying ... 'give us what we're demanding or we're going to burn your home down'. In my view the Prime Minister has got to say 'enough is enough'.
David Cameron must “turn down the heat” on Europe or risk losing allies in his attempt to reshape Britain’s relationship with Brussels, former European Commissioner Lord Mandelson has told The Times (£).
The former Labour Cabinet minister said Britain’s natural allies in Europe were losing patience with the Government’s “foot-stomping strategy” of threatening vetos if Mr Cameron does not get his way.