Pro-Euro Tories 'must vigorously make their case'

A senior Tory has called for members of his party to start "vigorously making the case" for Britain to stay in the EU, the Times reports.

Nicholas Soames said Europhile Tories "only had themselves to blame" for allowing Eurosceptic colleagues to dominate the current debate. He said:

Having won the European argument,about in the future. Pro-Europeans have only themselves to blame for being so wet in not putting the arguments forward vigorously over a period of time.

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Osborne: EU must reform or face economic decline

The Chancellor has issued a warning on the need for the European Union to reform or face economic decline in a speech. He reiterated the Conservatives' vow to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership, declaring: "We can't go on like this."