European leaders met for the first time today to discuss the deal reached over changes to the conditions of Britain’s membership of the European Union. So far reaction to the deal from politicians and bureaucrats has been mixed, but public opinion in member states has led to fears that an out vote may prompt other EU member states to follow Britain’s lead.
European lawmakers are trying to talk up the significance of the deal won by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in which he attempted to win significant concessions over Britain’s membership of the EU in order to secure a vote to remain within a “reformed” union at the In-Out referendum he has called for June 23. W hile publicly contemptuous of the British public’s lukewarm attitude to the EU they are privately desperate for us to stay in. Britain’s financial contribution, diplomatic clout and military strength are seen as indespensible to EU leaders ambitions to create a Fedral European Superstate that would be a world power militarily and economically.
Speaking ahead of a session of the European Parliament, Wednesday, it’s President Martin Schultz told the BBC: “This is the first time a Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is fighting for Europe and for the European Union. This is progress in itself. The Prime Minister is running for the campaign to stay in. It is about winning the confidence of British voters.” In the past Schulz has openly expressed contempt for democracy by saying public opinion is irrelevant.
The lawmakers are not only keen for the UK to remain within the EU for political and financial reasons, but fearful of a vote to leave by Britain could trigger a domino effect as p, ublic opinion in other countries, significantly France, the Netherlands, Italy, The Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary swings against “ever closer union” and the surrender of sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, and the emergence and success of anti EU political groups demanding significant opt-outs, or threatening to the UK out of the EU, in the event that the vote does not go Cameron’s way.
Green Party vice chair Rebecca Harms said:
“Now that we know the date of the UK referendum on its membership of the EU, it is time for the real discussion to start — a discussion that focuses not on the narrow terms of David Cameron’s ‘deal’ but on the real issues about the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe.
“The Greens/EFA group firmly believes that the UK’s place should be at the heart of Europe. But we also believe that the process of reform of the EU should not stop with this referendum.
“There is still much more that can and should be improved in the way the EU works, issues of far more importance to European citizens than just those areas covered by the UK’s ‘deal’… But the only way to address these issues is collectively, from within the EU. That is why it is so important that the UK votes to remain in the EU, based on a clear understanding of what is at stake. Then the real work to reform the EU can begin,”
However, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, poured cold water over the British deal. Speaking to the Journal du Dimanche, Ayrault said there had been “no treaty change, UK does not have a veto on moves towards closer political and financial integration in the Eurozone and there is no questioning of abandoning the principle of free movement.”
Mixed views then, but we should not forget the words of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, who said that any change that Cameron won would be vetoed.
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