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Britain’s youth will decide whether we leave the EU, Tory Brexit backer claims

THE Tories’ youngest MP has predicted young voters could be the deciders in the EU referendum, as he launched the cross-party Grassroots Out campaign.

Tom Pursglove has predicted young voters could be the deciders in the EU referendum

Tom Pursglove, who became an MP in May last year, is putting country before his career as he helps organise the multi-party Grassroots campaign to cut the UK’s ties with Brussels.The 27-year-old Corby MP describes himself as eurosceptic “by gut” while he has already encountered the negative effects of EU membership on small businesses within his constituency during his short time in Parliament.

But he doesn’t feel he’ll be the only young person who’ll be looking to “get away from the shackles of the EU” in what is “the biggest political decision the UK will take perhaps this century”.
He said: “Young people are interested in this, I think it’s going to be a fascinating debate.“When you look at what happened in Scotland, the whole country took an interest. Whether you were from Wales, England or Northern Ireland we took a huge interest in what was going on in Scotland.

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Nigel Farage in a local pub to launch the Grassroots Out campaign

Young people are interested in this, I think it’s going to be a fascinating debate

Tom Pursglove

“It clearly motivated the Scottish people in a way that any other issue simply hasn’t for such a long time.“There were greater turnouts in seats than we’d seen in general elections for years and years and years.“I think we’ll have that same effect across the UK when we have this referendum.”Mr Pursglove, who entered politics at the age of 18 when he became the youngest councillor in the country, believes the EU referendum is “exactly the sort of national debate that will fire up” both Britain and young voters.

He believes “Britain’s best days could be ahead of it” without the interference of Brussels, a major reason why he has helped set up the Grassroots Out campaign.

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Tom Pursglove describes himself as eurosceptic “by gut”

Mr Pursglove launched the cross-party campaign near his constituency in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on Saturday, alongside Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Labour MP Kate Hoey and DUP MP Sammy Wilson.The Tory MP has no hesitation in working with rival political parties as he urged Brexit campaigners to “get away from petty bickering” and put aside their differences for the “national interest”.Despite being among the fresh intake of MPs, Mr Pursglove insisted he isn’t concerned his involvement in the Brexit campaign could harm his future career prospects within the Conservative Party.

He said: “Fundamentally it comes down to putting country before everything else.

“I believe this is the right thing for our country so that’s why I’m absolutely delighted to be campaigning on the leave side.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in a short period of time to persuade people this is the right thing to do.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into that and, whatever comes after any of that, so be it.

“Here and now I’m focussed on getting us out the EU and doing the best job I possibly can by my constituents.”As David Cameron travels from European capital to European capital in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship of the EU, Mr Pursglove said he was “very willing” to give the Prime Minister’s efforts to reform Brussels a chance.
But he said he soon felt it was “very clear” his party leader was only going to be able to get “cosmetic change” to Britain’s membership of the EU.He also dismissed Mr Cameron’s bid to enforce a four-year ban on EU migrants’ claiming in-work benefits in the UK in an effort to drive down immigration numbers.

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Nigel Farage, Tom Pursglove and Peter Bone

Mr Pursglove pointed to George Osborne’s introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year as “an even greater attraction” than Britain’s welfare system for EU migrants.Although Mr Pursglove knows of “at least one” member of Mr Cameron’s Cabinet who will break ranks and campaign for Brexit at the upcoming referendum, he admitted eurosceptics with the Tory party are “frustrated” there appears to be more freedom for those wishing to stay in the EU to speak out than those wanting to leave.Despite promising a free vote for his ministers once he has completed his renegotiation, the Prime Minister – who is widely expected to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU – has gagged his top team from speaking out until that date, as well as imposing strict rules on what Cabinet members can say in Parliament.

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