Peter Heaton-Jones and Geoffrey Cox are divided on whether or not the UK should leave the EU.

North Devon and Torridge MPs are divided over whether the UK should remain in the European Union.

Both MPs came off the fence yesterday as the government announced a new draft deal for UK membership.

Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox said the case for leaving the EU was ‘overwhelming’.

Meanwhile fellow North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones said that ‘on balance’, the UK should remain.

In a speech to the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday), Mr Cox said: “The UK government renegotiation proposals, which represent only very modest progress, have caused me to conclude that the case for leaving the EU is overwhelming.

“We do not need to be afraid of resuming full control over the government of our country and it is clear that our partners are unwilling to make the necessary adjustments to tackle the fundamental and deeply entrenched problems of the European Union.”

Fellow Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones however, has decided that ‘on balance’ that the UK should remain part of Europe.

In a statement made in the wake of this week’s draft deal for future membership, Mr Heaton Jones said: “I do have concerns about several aspects of the deal currently on the table. However it has achieved just enough to convince me, on balance, that the UK is better off in than out.

“I also have a gut instinct that our economic and national security, as well as our international influence, would be better served by being in than out.

“I know many people disagree with me, but remember I only get one vote like everyone else. MPs aren’t making this decision in Parliament; everyone will have their say in the referendum.”