Monday, August 26News For London

Brexit: Cameron “battling for Britain” at Brussels against European leaders

The Brexit issue will be the main topic of discussion at a two-day summit taking place in Brussels this Thursday and Friday.

 

From left to right: David Cameron, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credits to The Belfast Telegraph

 

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk called this a “make or break summit”. Indeed the EU and the UK must now find an agreement on David Cameron’s claims before he sets up a date for a national referendum about a leave from the UK (possibly on June 23 according to the Financial Times).

 

The Prime Minister already obtained compromises from the EU as Donald Tusk proposed an emergency possibility of supressing social aids to non-UK European workers for four years if needed. Indeed it goes against the essential principles of the EU to build equality between all European citizens. David Cameron asked for a permanent suppression of the compulsory social aids to all European citizens in the UK and not just an emergency solution.

David Cameron may have some direct opponents at this summit as he faces disagreements with important members such as Belgium and France regarding some of his claims. Leaders do not agree with the possible national veto to European directives requested and do not want the UK to take part in any policy concerning the Euro while they refuse the European currency. PM is accused of only picking the advantages of the EU instead of submitting to the entire European policy like the other countries according to the Economist.

 

About David Cameron’s requests French President François Hollande stated that “no country can escape common rules” and “Europe must move forward” according to French National television. The Minister-President of Wallonia (Belgium) Paul Magnette goes even further saying “if you are not happy we are not holding you back”.

 

David Cameron can however still count on important supports such as Angela Merkel’s or Jean-Claude Juncker’s, President of the European Commission. The German Chancellor said she shared David Cameron’s opinions on the EU: “Like David Cameron, I believe that it is necessary for the EU to improve our competitiveness, transparency and (reduce) bureaucracy” according to the Telegraph.

Nothing is decided yet as Donald Tusk called the renegotiations “difficult and sensitive” (ITV). The organization of the UK referendum on “Brexit” and David Cameron’s campaign about it should result from this two days discussion.

 

Sub-edited by Katy Scott