Not even THATCHER could make Michael Gove support Britain staying in EU, wife claims


The Justice Secretary had been “locked in an internal struggle” over his decision to back Britain leaving the European Union, Sarah Vine revealed.

But the life-long Eurosceptic chose his “own heartfelt beliefs” over “loyalty to his old friend, the Prime Minister”.

She said: “Mr Cameron was expecting opposition from all sorts of people, but not from Michael.”

The former Education Secretary declared he was backing the “leave” campaign on Saturday, along with four other Cabinet ministers.

And Ms Vine last night told the Mail her husband’s decision-making period as a “nightmare”.

She added: “It was clear that No 10 were very keen indeed to swing Michael”s vote in their favour. But it was not to be.”

David Cameron was “shocked and hurt” when Mr Gove told him he would not support his renegotiation deal, she said.

Despite the two politicians” disagreement, she said she had never known her husband to change his mind.

She added: “Baroness Thatcher herself could rise from her grave to tell him to get back in his box, and still he wouldn”t.

“It”s just in the nature of the beast that he makes his judgments based on what he thinks – and not on what others want him to think.”

Speaking on Saturday, Mr Gove said: “In a few months time we will all have the opportunity to decide whether Britain should stay in the European Union or leave.

“I believe our country would be freer, fairer and better off outside the EU.

“And if, at this moment of decision, I didn”t say what I believe I would not be true to my convictions or my country.”

Mr Cameron responded by saying: “Michael is one of my oldest and closest friends but he has wanted to get Britain to pull out of the EU for about 30 years.

“So of course I am disappointed that we are not going to be on the same side as we have this vital argument about our country”s future.

“I am disappointed but I am not surprised.”