EUROCRATS PLOT REVENGE ON BRITAIN
German Euro MP Martin Schulz
Monday December 12,2011
By Macer Hall
EUROPEAN Union leaders have already begun plotting their revenge on Britain after the collapse of the Brussels treaty shake-up, it emerged last night.
Senior figures in Brussels plan to use the powerful voting majority of the new eurozone “fiscal union” bloc to gang up on the UK.
Some are calling for a deluge of new regulations and red tape to be imposed on British business.
Others are even calling for Britain to be driven out of Europe altogether.
German Euro MP Martin Schulz who is due to become President of the European Parliament next year, said: “I doubt in the long term whether Britain will stay in the EU.
“The EU can, if necessary, do without Britain, but Britain would have more difficulty without the EU.”
Gunther Krichbaum, the chairman of the powerful EU committee in the German parliament and a political ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said: “The Treaty of Lisbon explicitly opens the possibility of a country’s withdrawal. The British must now decide whether they are for or against Europe.” Elmar Brok, a senior German Christian Democrat Euro MP, said the EU “must now marginalise Britain, so that the country comes to feel its loss of influence”.
The EU can, if necessary, do without Britain, but Britain would have more difficulty without the EU
The new “fiscal union” bloc within the EU – made up of the 17 euro nations and their allies – is due to hold monthly summits from next year.
While Britain will be excluded from the gatherings, Whitehall officials are braced for a string of new initiatives that will have an impact on the UK economy. One Whitehall source said: “A decision taken by the Euro-Plus summit is a fait accompli for the EU.
“If the Euro-Plus decides that will be translated into an EU decision via its in-built qualified majority, Britain won’t have a chance to influence EU decisions on economic, social and employment legislation that overrides its national law.”
Some EU officials believe that Britain’s financial services sector is still under threat from more tax and regulation despite Mr Cameron’s veto of EU treaty changes.
One diplomat said: “Cameron sank the treaty talks with a demand for protections for the City of London. The resulting grouping will be a battering ram to force through EU decisions, taken by qualified majority voting.”
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of the Green Euro MPs in the European Parliament, said: “Now we must put pressure on the British and force them, by implementing tough regulations on financial markets, to decide if they want out of the EU or stay inside.”
Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine said Mr Cameron would quickly be put to the test as the EU bit back.
“He has completely isolated his country on the European stage – and many in his country applaud him for it.
“But he will soon have to prove that London still has clout in the EU.”