STRATFORD MP Nadhim Zahawi has surprised many by stating he wants to see Britain leave the European Union.
Voters are set to go to the polls on June 23 when they will take part in an in-out referendum to decide whether the country should leave or stay in the EU.
It follows David Cameron’s recent attempts to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership in Brussels.
But despite praising the Prime Minister’s efforts, Mr Zahawi said he would be voting in favour of a British exit when the time comes.
Joining the so-called Brexit campaign also finds Mr Zahawi allied with unlikely bedfellows including former controversial MP George Galloway and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
But he believes withdrawing would be the best move for the country and for his constituents.
Mr Zahawi said: “There are some extremely unattractive figures campaigning to leave the EU and it pains me to be dragged towards them.
“However the blame lies with the EU, which has fought as hard to remain blind to the chance for change as the Prime Minister has fought to help them see.”
Many business organisations are supporting Britain’s continued membership, and Mr Zahawi – a long-time supporter of businesses – was thought to share their views.
London mayor Boris Johnson, and a number of high profile Cabinet members meanwhile also backing the ‘Out’ campaign.
“I would not begrudge the country for voting to remain; there are real unknowns and no one can deny that,” added Mr Zahawi.
“However, a vote to leave could be a fantastic opportunity to achieve this greater Britain we all want to see.
“I am uncomfortable when European law takes precedence over British law, and European judges are more important than our own.
“I am uncomfortable when we are tied to a project determined to create a new currency that has struggled to stay afloat and has taken away more sovereignty.
“If we leave, we can set about creating an increasingly agile pro-business country, leading the world in innovation and technology while remaining a political and moral power.
“A country that can change itself and change the world. A country that recognises the greatness we already have, but pushes onto something that is ever greater still.
“I’m saddened, but the chances of creating the greater Britain I want to see are increased by leaving the EU.”
Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright, whose constituency covers Wellesbourne, admitted his decision could have gone either way but after much consideration, said he would be voting to remain in the EU.
Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White will also be backing the campaign to stay.