Source: OpenEurope- In a speech marking the delivery of his formal letter to European Council President Donald Tusk yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron set out his five key EU reform demands. These consist of:
- an exemption from the commitment to “ever-closer union”,
- safeguards for the UK and other non-euro member states from Eurozone integration,
- greater powers for national parliaments to group together to block new EU laws,
- a more competitive EU, and
- a four-year restriction on new EU migrants claiming UK benefits.
Cameron argued that changing the UK’s relationship with Brussels was not “Mission Impossible”, and that, “If and when we do so…I will campaign to keep Britain inside a reformed EU”, adding that “we don’t need to be a marginalised voice in Europe or an isolated voice outside.” However, he also warned that “if Britain’s concerns were to be met with a deaf ear…then we will have to think again about whether this EU is right for us.”