Cam ready to use veto over EU budget
The Conservatives will stand in 2015 on a platform of offering the British people the chance to give “new consent” for a reformed relationship with Europe, David Cameron said this morning.
Mr Cameron insisted there would be no in-out referendum on offer, because the speed of change in Europe meant that the UK needed to reach a “fresh settlement” with Brussels which could then be put to the public after the next general election.
He refused to be drawn on the timing of a potential referendum, and suggested that a general election could act in place of a referendum on the EU.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, the Prime Minister also issued a warning to European leaders that he was ready to use the UK’s veto again – as he did last year – to protect Britain’s interests.
“People in Europe know I mean what I say... they know I'm capable of saying no.”
Meanwhile in an opinion piece
for PoliticsHome, the leader of Conservative MEPs Richard Ashworth said Mr Cameron “must not be afraid” to wield his veto in negotiations over the EU, and challenged his party to show the “vision and leadership” over Europe it had in the past.