Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would lead the government even if he loses the referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
According to the Guardian, his statement comes after he conceded that ministers will be free to campaign on either side in the referendum
“Our aim to set forward a choice for the British people that they want. And they can either choose to stay in a reformed European Union, or to leave a European Union. And, come what may, I will continue to lead the government in the way I have,” Cameron told MPs in a statement on last month’s EU summit:
The Prime Minister said that he would follow the example of Harold Wilson, who suspended collective cabinet responsibility during the 1975 EEC referendum.
“My intention is that at the conclusion of the renegotiation, the government should reach a clear recommendation and then the referendum will be held. It is the nature of a referendum that it is the people not the politicians who decide. And, as indicated before Christmas, there will be a clear government position, but it will be open to individual ministers to take a different personal position while remaining part of the government,” he said.