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Cross-party UK EU exit group launches

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Published: 05:29 GMT, Oct 9, 2015 |
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A new cross-party campaign aimed at taking the UK out of the European Union is due to be launched.

Vote Leave is made up of Conservative, Labour and UKIP MPs and donors.

It is the second eurosceptic campaign to launch ahead of a referendum which is due by 2017 at the latest.

The group, whose supporters include Labour’s Kate Hoey and UKIP’s Douglas Carswell, says it wants to negotiate a new deal based on free trade and friendly co-operation.

Vote Leave, due to be launched on Friday, is funded by people of different party affiliations, such as the City millionaire and Tory donor Peter Cruddas, Labour’s biggest private backer John Mills and former UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler.

Its core message is about sovereignty, with “take control” the main slogan – it is planning to spend about £20m.

Ms Hoey called for an end to the “supremacy” of EU legislation over UK law, saying: “If we vote to leave, then the £350m we send to Brussels every week can be spent on our priorities like the NHS”.