John Major backs Cameron’s EU renegotiation plans, but warns of isolation if UK severs ties

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said he supports David Cameron’s plan to wrest back some powers from the EU before a referendum on membership takes place.

Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership in 2017 if his party wins the general election next year.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Major said: “It can be done and I think this prime minister can do it”.

He added that the outcome of the recent European elections could put Cameron in a strong position to make reforms.

He said: “I think that gives a great deal of power to the British determination to renegotiate, because they will have allies today, which in the 1990s they did not have”.

But Major warned that breaking from the EU could leave Britain isolated. Instead, he said that a “reaffirmation” of British membership of the EU would remove the “bitterness” that had grown.  

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