Clegg: Britain will remain 'anchored in heart of EU'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain will remain "anchored in the heart of European Union" under the coalition Government as he rejected claims yesterday's reshuffle created a Eurosceptic Cabinet.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "The Conservatives are talking to each other rather than to the country or even to the rest of Europe about Europe.

"What I want to see is a reformed European Union - more competitive, more open, less bureaucratic, more open trade - but with Britain always leading in Europe.

"If the Conservatives want to constantly change their own policy or stance on the way they talk about Europe, that is up to them.

"This Government, a coalition Government because of the Liberal Democrats in it, will remain anchored in the centre ground with Britain anchored firmly in the heart of the European Union."

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