Don’t be fooled by PM’s EU ‘rene­go­ti­a­tion’ bull

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WE now know what David Cameron wants back from the Euro­pean Union as part of his “rene­go­ti­a­tion” be­fore the ref­er­en­dum. And, to be hon­est, it amounts to sweet FA.

His first de­mand is that he wants an “ex­plicit state­ment” from the EU that Bri­tain will not be­come part of a Euro­pean su­per state.

Big wow. They’d give him that to­day if it meant Bri­tain would agree to stay in.

And who says it would be worth the pa­per it was writ­ten on when the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is on record say­ing “when it be­comes se­ri­ous, you have to lie”.

The next red line Dave wants is another “ex­plicit state­ment” that the euro is not the only cur­rency in the EU. Again, that could be given to­day.

In­deed, a re­quire­ment to join the euro cur­rency only ap­plies to new mem­ber states join­ing the EU, so Cameron’s red line is more of a red her­ring.

Next, he wants a red card sys­tem so na­tional par­lia­ments can veto Brus­sels leg­is­la­tion – but as EU reg­u­la­tions by­pass na­tional par­lia­ments, I strug­gle to see how a na­tional par­lia­ment can red card some­thing it has noth­ing to do with.

Fi­nally, he wants to en­sure that the nine coun­tries not in the euro are not bul­lied by the nine­teen who are.

But in the fu­ture Ser­bia, Bos­nia, Kosovo, the Ukraine and Tur­key will join the EU and will have to join the euro as new mem­ber states, so the nine who aren’t in the sin­gle cur­rency will in­evitably lose more in­flu­ence.

Holes

The Prime Min­is­ter will then con­clude his re­ally mean­ing­ful “rene­go­ti­a­tion” and claim he’s se­cured a great vic­tory for Bri­tain when, in re­al­ity, it will mean ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

The big ques­tion then will be: Will the public be fooled?

I hope not, be­cause there are more holes in these rene­go­ti­a­tion red lines than a sieve.

There’s no men­tion of rene­go­ti­at­ing Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy, which has halved the size of the Bri­tish fish­ing fleet since the 1970s and leads to nearly two mil­lion tonnes of fish be­ing thrown back into the sea in or­der to meet EU quo­tas.

He doesn’t talk about do­ing away with Com­mon Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy, only there to ben­e­fit French farm­ers while at the same time push­ing up the price of food for fam­i­lies in Bri­tain.

Un­be­liev­ably, there’s no rene­go­ti­a­tion what­so­ever on our mem­ber­ship fee of £55mil­lion ev­ery day to this or­gan­i­sa­tion that hasn’t had its ac­counts signed off by the au­di­tors for nearly twenty bloody years!

And he hasn’t even men­tioned con­trol­ling our own borders. Not one men­tion of the fact that the EU’s Free­dom of Move­ment rules has led to Bri­tish work­ing class peo­ple hav­ing their wages driven down and, in some cases, be­ing put out of work al­to­gether be­cause of cheap for­eign labour.

It is said that if you aim for the stars, you will reach the sky. David Cameron’s red lines are so weak, they will not even get off the ground.

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