STRAIGHT TALKING Cam ‘deal’ not worth paper it’s written on
FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER
WITH all due apologies to Shakespeare, the David Cameron roadshow on display in Brussels this week should be rebranded Much Ado About Nothing.
Because that’s pretty much the sum total of what he’s going to achieve.
The Prime Minister is currently here on my stamping ground in the European Parliament grovelling for his political life. And he’s getting absolutely nowhere.
So desperate is he to stay in the gigantic, expensive disaster that is the European Union that he’s prepared to accept almost any compromise on his already wafer-thin “renegotiation” demands.
But in one way I’m actually glad that eyes were on the hub of all things EU on Tuesday, as for once it meant the British public could see better how this arcane organisation works.
Cameron’s “deal” is nothing of the sort, because nothing in it is binding.
The only way his tiny reforms will ever see the light of day is if they receive European Parliament approval – which means getting ALL member states to vote the same way.
As several Eastern European countries have already expressed their displeasure over the PM’s suggestion of limiting benefits to migrants, that means such a vote is unlikely.
But it was ever thus in the EU. That’s precisely how it works – or, rather, how it doesn’t work – for Britain.
We might be one of the largest net contributors into the huge EU money pot, but that’s pretty much where our influence ends. MORE freezing cold weather sees parts of the country creaking under snowdrifts.
And all this after an unseasonably warm January.
It all proves one unassailable fact, doesn’t it?
That climate is definitely always changing!
It’s all very well the so-called “remainians” insisting we’re better off in where we can help to influence EU thinking.
The truth is, we can’t. The UK is seen as a member of the awkward squad in Brussels and so trying to get all member states to go along with what they see as special treatment for Brits is nigh on impossible.
On the off chance Cameron actually won the referendum – the referendum we’re only getting thanks to UKIP pressure – his “deal” could still easily be holed beneath the waterline by the European Parliament.
It would also be subject to the judgements of the European THE EU is to phase out its 500 euro note as it’s hardly used.
Coming soon – the EU phases out the Euro entirely! Court of Justice, which isn’t exactly Britain’s best mate, either.
You’d expect a UKIP MEP to say Cameron’s ever-thinner renegotiation package is useless, but just look at what’s NOT in it.
No changes to the Common Fisheries Policy. No changes to the Common Agricultural Policy. No change on freedom of movement.
And even if those vital topics had been included in the proposed reforms, these were the words of Euro parliament president Martin Schulz only yesterday morning: “To be quite clear, no government can go to [the European] Parliament and say this is our proposal, can you give a guarantee about the result?”
So the score is this: Whatever is supposedly agreed upon this week won’t be put to the vote in the European Parliament until AFTER British voters have decided whether or not to leave the EU.
By then, if we’re out, Cameron’s deal will have been entirely pointless anyway. And in the unlikely case we’re still in, the deal will still most likely be out-voted by our EU “partners”.
So there is no deal worth the paper it’s written on. What you’re witnessing this week is a farce, a total charade.
But the British public aren’t as daft as Cameron seems to think. They’ve waited 40 years for the chance to say goodbye, not to Europe, but to the EU.
So let’s bring on the referendum so we can start packing our collective suitcase.