20 JUN 2011
By Macer Hall | Daily Express
DAVID Cameron’s closest political adviser has become convinced that Britain should quit the European Union, it emerged yesterday.
Steve Hilton, Downing Street director of strategy, is understood to have switched behind the campaign to cut ties with Brussels after discovering the full extent of the UK’s loss of sovereignty in his Government role.
He is also said to believe that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights because of the number of times European judges have overruled decisions made by elected politicians.
His conversion suggests the Daily Express’s popular crusade for Britain’s exit from the EU is being taken seriously in Downing Street.
Aides were impressed by the 373,000-strong backing for the newspaper’s petition, calling for Britain to leave the EU, that was delivered to Number 10 earlier this year.
Mr Hilton, 41, has been a controversial figure among Tory MPs for persuading Mr Cameron to adopt environmentalism and other trendy ideas to shed the image as the “nasty party”.
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