Reigate and Banstead MP Crispin Blunt announced this week he would be campaigning for the UK to leave the EU in the upcoming in/out referendum.

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Mr Blunt, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, declared his choice two weeks after the committee produced a report titled ‘Implications of the referendum on EU membership for the UK’s role in the world’.

In the report’s conclusion, the committee did not commit to a definitive decision.

It stated: “Our analysis aims to assist voters to reach a decision.

“Collectively, as a committee, we do not agree on the decision and therefore do not endorse either a ‘remain’ or a ‘leave’ vote.”

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But Mr Blunt announced his personal position in a statement on Monday, May 9.

He said: “The ‘remain’ campaign is reducing its arguments to “Do you want to be poor?”

“Quite apart from their veracity, can't we do any better than this?

“Do you want to be free? Do you want your nation to have a positive role in the world?

“Britain is uniquely blessed with our people, history and culture. Let's put them to the global test, pursuing a positive role not grim defence of our special status within a declining bloc.”

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