Royston Smith, the Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen, has explained why he will campaign for a vote to leave the EU.
“I have spent my entire political life campaigning for a referendum on our relationship with the EU which is why I was thrilled when David Cameron committed to give the public a say," he said in a statement on his website.
"I supported The Prime Minister’s efforts to secure a new, more flexible arrangement with the EU but it is now obvious we will never manage to agree a deal which would answer the fundamental questions of sovereignty and repatriation of powers to the UK Parliament.
"There are those who want to remain in the EU regardless of a successful outcome to the Prime Minister’s renegotiation and they are entitled to hold that position.
"But I believe they are misguided and the time has come to have the confidence to chart our own course.
"I hope we can have a good mannered debate on our future with the EU and a conclusive outcome which both sides will accept.
"It is in everyone’s interest to secure the very best outcome for the British people and I believe that will be best achieved in withdrawing from the overbearing EU structures while remaining good neighbours to our European friends.”
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