Cameron Outlines 4 Demands on EU Membership Negotiations
Cameron Outlines 4 Demands on EU Membership Negotiations © AP Photo/ Matt Dunham
06:24 11.10.2015(updated 07:03 11.10.2015) Get short URL
David Cameron has enumerated four demands from the European Union to keep the United Kingdom within the bloc.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – British Prime Minister David Cameron and his closest Cabinet allies have enumerated four demands from the European Union to keep the United Kingdom within the bloc, government sources told local media.
“Our EU partners are not thanking us. They think we’re barking mad because the thing they all fear most is a referendum on Europe,” a senior minister told The Telegraph late Saturday.
Cameron’s first two demands is said to force Brussels make “explicit” statements exempting London from the EU “superstate” principle of a closer union and declaring the bloc a multi-currency union. The second requirement denouncing the euro as a single official EU currency aims to protect the British pound.
The British leader’s third demand shifts power away from Brussels back to national legislatures, allowing parliaments to scrap existing EU laws and stopping unwanted directives under a “red card” system.
Cameron’s final stipulation aims to protect London’s economy by keeping 19 members of the eurozone monetary union away from the nine non-eurozone countries’ affairs.
Further details of Cameron’s negotiation plan are shrouded in secrecy, due in part to fears that anti-renegotiation EU member states may “pick off the proposals one by one.”
“Every member state has a ‘veto’ over whether to accept our proposals,” one senior figure was quoted as saying.
Although derided by Eurosceptic politicians as insufficient in preserving the UK’s independence, government officials nonetheless defend the four-point plant because of time constraints.
The publication cites Cabinet figures as saying there is not enough time to deliver EU treaty changes before the referendum promised by Cameron to be held by the end of 2017.
Speculation over the pace of negotiations suggested that the so-called Brexit referendum may be held next spring if France and Germany strike a deal with Britain by a December European Council summit. The outlet said, however, a fall 2016 vote is more likely.
A “red line” for smaller EU members is said to be the free movement policy within the bloc’s borders. Hungary, Slovakia and Poland are some of the member states that refuse to consider limiting the number of their citizens who migrate to countries like Britain.
Proponents of Britain’s membership in the EU are expected to launch an “in” campaign on Monday.