ONE of David Cameron’s most senior ministers has slammed the European Union as “disastrous” for Britain and claimed other senior government members will campaign to leave.
Chris Grayling said Brussels is heading down “a path that the UK will not and should not follow”.
The Leader of the House of Commons says he supports the Prime Minister’s attempts to renegotiate Britain’s current deal with Brussels.
However, he also made clear it would be a mistake to stay in the EU “with our current terms of membership unchanged”.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “I am someone who believes that simply staying in the EU with our current terms of membership unchanged would be disastrous for Britain.
“That’s why I have always believed that it is imperative that his renegotiation takes place and delivers as much potential change as possible.
“It is in the interests of all Eurosceptics and of our country.”
Mr Grayling is the first Cabinet member to openly suggest leaving the EU would be the right way to go.
It is believed a minimum of five cabinet members will join the leave campaign in the run-up to the referendum that could come later this year.
Government sources have suggested Iain Duncan Smith, John Whittingdale, Theresa Villiers and Priti Patel.
This comes Mr Cameron revealed his minister would be allowed to campaign on either side of the debate.