Cabinet Minister Ken Clarke has admitted it would be "very reckless" for the Government to threaten to withdraw from the European Union after the next general election.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph he said:
To start threatening, throwing into the air our relationship with the outside world, with the global economy, would I think be very reckless.
I frequently say that to several of my colleagues: there seems little point in opening up the debate at the moment about our membership of the European Union.
The idea that somehow the present problems are caused by Britain's membership of the European Union is a theory that I can't quite follow.