Michael Heseltine warns of Tory arguments over Europe

Michael Heseltine, the former Conservative Party Deputy Prime Minister, has warned of splits in the party over the upcoming referendum on UK membership of the European Union.

Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Heseltine argued that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, would be “a laughing stock” if he allowed a free vote for Cabinet members on the referendum.

Heseltine added:

“To have a civil war within the Conservative Party at that time, in the belief that the referendum having been determined, the participants in the civil war are going to sit around the table and happily smile together, is, I think, rather naive”.