British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street, London, Britain, 21 March, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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British Prime Minister David Cameron sought Monday to impose discipline on his warring Conservative Party, after a Cabinet resignation – ostensibly about unpopular welfare reforms – blew the top off simmering divisions over the European Union.However, the resignation of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith means the debate will likely be dominated by welfare cuts and especially Europe – an issue that has divided the Conservatives since Britain joined the EU in the 1970s.Duncan Smith, who has pushed through big changes to the country's welfare system over the past six years, dramatically quit late Friday, accusing the government of targeting the poor for cuts while protecting pensions for the better-off. Duncan Smith is among a group of senior Conservatives who want Britain to leave the European Union, and his resignation has heaped pressure on Cameron and Treasury chief George Osborne – both of whom want the U.K. to stay in the EU.Duncan Smith said pensions, which account for more than half of total welfare payments, have been untouched while billions had been cut from benefits paid to working-age people and the most vulnerable.
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