We have to rely on the Tory chief apologist, Tim Montogerie, for snippets of the letter as it's behind the Financial Times paywall (according to
- We must take the taxpayers’ side in resisting further bail-outs;
- Liberalisation of trade;
- The principle of subsidiarity;
- Wholesale reduction of the waste for which the European Commission is responsible;
- Above all we must start getting some value in return for the significant sums that UK taxpayers contribute to the EU’s budget
There is a suggestion that this group - who claim they could have got 100 MPs to sign the letter if
it wasn't for those pesky kids they weren't too worried about their jobs as private secretaries to other MPs and they'd had more time - are in some way risking the wrath of David Cameron which is, of course, a nonsense. They're toeing the party line, refusing to even contemplate leaving the EU as most voters want. Tim Montgomerie also seems quite impressed (relieved?) that up to 100 Tory MPs could be sympathetic to the idea of "mainstream euroscepticism". Which is all well and good but why do they think 100 Tory MPs putting their names to a letter calling for the UK to remain a member of the EU despite a large majority of the electorate wanting out is any better than 14 of them signing one?
There is only one party espousing "mainstream euroscepticism" and it's certainly not the Tories. Having the view that we should leave the EU is apparently "impossibilism" (another "Montgomerieism") and not something that has a place in the europhile Conservative Party. There's only one way we will every get out of the EU and that's with UKIP MPs fighting for withdrawal in Westminster.