On the 19th May this year, David Cameron, triumphant from a largely unexpected general election win a week earlier promised to push on with the EU referendum. The Guardian headline of 19th May read “Cameron to publish EU referendum bill one day after Queen’s speech.” That was 27th May.
On the 10th October this year, The Daily Telegraph headlined “David Cameron’s four key demands to remain in the EU revealed and wrote “David Cameron and his Cabinet allies name their price for Britain to stay part of Europe”. The article covers exactly what David Cameron sees as a vision for Britain.
The Telegraph continued “Details of the Prime Minister’s negotiation plan remain secret. In a tactic that has infuriated EU politicians, Downing Street has refused to send a written list of Mr Cameron’s objectives to Brussels.” And, “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 start on Monday (12th October) in an attempt to persuade voters to choose to stay in the EU.
The Key points that names the price for Britain to stay part of of Europe are:
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”.
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.
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.