Originally posted in the Daily Express, 12 December 2011
OUR Prime Minister was as good as his word.
He said that if he could not protect the city from EU regulation then he would veto any new EU treaty.
The Deputy Prime Minister agreed this moderate and reasonable demand, but it was too much for Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy. They want control of the City.
Therefore the Prime Minister said “no” and, for the first time since joining the then Common Market in 1973, we vetoed a European treaty.
David Cameron was as good as his word and said no to the EU treaty
Mark Reckless, Conservative MP
The other EU countries can create the political and fiscal union that they want, essentially a country called Europe, but Britain will be outside.
In the words of one of our most respected City figures, Terry Smith, Britain will be “as isolated as somebody who refused to join the Titanic just before it sailed”.
Of course, we wish our friends in Europe well, and want them to fit lifeboats for their currency.
However, Greece and Italy and Spain cannot compete in the same currency as Germany. Having the Germans tell their governments to make more cuts won’t help.
If they break free though, and return to national currencies, then they could sell to us competitively again, we could afford holidays there, and their economies would grow again.
We want to be friends with France and Germany too, to allow them to develop Europe as they would like, without us forever standing in their way.
They must in turn let us be an independent country, trading with Europe, but governing ourselves. It is better to be friendly co-operative neighbours, than for us to stay in their European home as a surly and unwelcome tenant.
Our veto logically leads to a better future, where the EU countries retain the EU institutions they spent 55 years developing, and where we have free trade access and democratic government, the EU deal with Switzerland.
Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats said before the last general election that we needed a real referendum on Europe. The Coalition is now working together to put Britain back on track.
If Nick Clegg wants to put the case for Britain to be part of a country called Europe, then we can have a referendum, rather then fight a general election.
The Daily Express made the right call, the UK/EU relationship is changing fundamentally, and our Prime Minister is standing up for Britain.