October 21, 2011
Several junior members of the Government are threatening to resign as almost a third of Tory backbenchers join a mutiny against David Cameron over Britainâ€™s future in Europe.
The Prime Minister is scrambling to hammer out a compromise as dozens of Conservatives defy him by signing up to a Commons motion backing a referendum on EU membership, with several ministerial aides telling colleagues they are ready to quit.
Campaigners are furious at Mr Cameronâ€™s last-minute decision to bring forward the debate to Monday.
Meanwhile, the row is set to cause ructions within Labour ranks as well, a senior MP warned today.