Britain moves closer to EU exit door, as PM 'declares war'

Jun 28, 2014

Cameron says Juncker vote makes reform of the European Union more difficult

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Britain has moved a step closer to leaving the EU as David Cameron declares “war” on Brussels over its nomination of the controversial Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president.

The prime minister was outvoted by 26 to two yesterday as he attempted to prevent Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg, from taking the role.

Cameron believes Juncker is too much in favour of closer political union and says his nomination ignores the "pro-reform message" sent by European voters last month. Arch-federalist Juncker has also faced questions about his drinking habits.

Speaking after the vote, Cameron said it was a “sad day for Europe”. He added that it has “got harder” for Britain to reform the EU and remain within it, though he added that it is “still achievable”.

The result was a boost for Ukip and other Eurosceptics who want Britain to quit the union. But Cameron says the development has only “stiffened [his] resolve to fight for reform in the EU”.

He vowed to wage a “long, tough fight” to reform Brussels before campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU in an in-out referendum he has promised to hold in 2017.

“This is going to be a long, tough fight,” he said. “And frankly sometimes you have to be ready to lose a battle in order to win a war.”

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From Facebook a couple of weeks ago:
"It is sad that the media spent the run up to the EP 2014 vote smearing UKIP and not talking about this. People are just starting to talk about the November changes.
What is more, come 1/1/2017 countries will not be able to hold referendums on EU membership, again neutering the Tory “promise”. I feel we/UKIP should be talking about loudly".

From the internet:
A brief review of the Treaties confirms the substance of the above. Transitional arrangements allow, only on specific votes, for the Nice Treaty Provisions to apply from 1st
November 2014 until March 2017, hence I imagine PM David Cameron's determination to delay our referendum beyond that date, tying Britain for ever within the
non-democratic, totalitarian and now clearly despotic EU.
All Parliamentarians must be made aware of the deep danger the nation now faceswhen casting their vote on the 2014 Referendum possibility that Adam Afriyie's
referendum amendment has suddenly appeared to provide.

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...just another example of the sheer, dishonest audacity of Cameron! He is FULLY aware that an in/out referendum in 2017 will be a legal impossibility (if we are to recognise the "legal" powers of the EU). That is the reason behind his, otherwise, baffling and frustrating obduracy in holding out until 2017.

We need to combine the 2015 General Election with an in/out European membership referendum.- Cameron, of course, will have none of it!