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David Cameron and his closest Cabinet allies have drawn up a four-point plan of key demands as the price for keeping Britain in the European Union.
Diplomats have been sent to win support from 27 European countries for a new deal between Britain and Brussels ahead of an “in-out” referendum.
A new campaign will on Monday attempt to persuade voters to choose to stay in the EU, after Eurosceptics who want to pull out of Europe started a rival operation last week.Cabinet sources have told the Telegraph they are confident they can find a way to keep Britain inside the EU with better terms of membership. Their plan involves:
1. Forcing Brussels to make “an explicit statement” that Britain will be kept out of any move towards a European superstate. This will require an exemption for the UK from the EU’s founding principle of “ever closer union”.
2. An “explicit statement” that the euro is not the official currency of the EU, making clear that Europe is a “multi-currency” union. Ministers want this declaration in order to protect the status of the pound sterling as a legitimate currency that will always exist.
3. A new “red card” system to bring power back from Brussels to Britain. This would give groups of national parliaments the power to stop unwanted directives being handed down and to scrap existing EU laws.
4. A new structure for the EU itself. The block of 28 nations must be reorganised to prevent the nine countries that are not in the eurozone being dominated by the 19 member states that are, with particular protections for the City of London.
Diplomats believe this plan represents the most likely deal they can achieve because it is so difficult to negotiate a solution that is acceptable to 27 other EU member states, as well as the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Critics, including Cabinet ministers on the Right of the Tory party, are unlikely to be satisfied by this plan because it does not include legally binding changes to the EU’s governing treaties.
But government figures say there is not enough time to deliver treaty changes before the referendum is held, by the end of 2017.
One senior minister said: “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.
“But they now recognise that we are serious. This is happening and there is no way out. They realise we have to fight together if we are going to keep Britain in the EU.”
In a further development, sources said any hope of major changes to the EU’s migration laws has been all but abandoned because smaller countries such as Hungary, Slovakia and Poland have refused point-blank to consider limits on migrant numbers. This will add weight to the Eurosceptics’ claims that Mr Cameron’s negotiations will fail to deliver meaningful reform.
The outline of Mr Cameron’s negotiating position emerged at a critical time in the debate over whether Britain should stay in the European Union.