Clarke: Tories must stop reckless EU threats.

Tory MP and cabinet member Ken Clarke has called upon Tories to stop "threatening" and "reckless" comments on Britain's relationship with the EU.

Tory MP Ken Clarke said - "To start threatening, throwing into the air our relationship with the outside world, with the global economy, would I think be very reckless.

"I frequently say that to several of my colleagues: there seems little point in opening up the debate at the moment about our membership of the European Union."

The former Chancellor also threw cold water on economic revival hopes saying - "It would be absolute folly to turn around and say it will all be fine by Christmas.

"Anybody who says we are absolutely certain we are bouncing back to strong growth is being very optimistic."