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British MPs want EU laws veto, Brussels slams UK on immigration

Published time: January 12, 2014 10:50
Edited time: January 12, 2014 11:24
People put their luggage in a bus departing from Sofia's central bus station to London via Austria, Germany and France January 2, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

People put their luggage in a bus departing from Sofia's central bus station to London via Austria, Germany and France January 2, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

95 Conservative MPs have urged David Cameron to introduce a national veto over EU laws. The demand comes as the UK’s attempts to reform rules on immigration inside the European Union have drawn fresh criticism from Brussels.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister and published by the Telegraph, 95 Tory MPs have demanded an amendment to legislation that would enable the British parliament to overturn whatever EU laws that would be deemed as contradicting the “vital national interests”.

We would like you to consider adopting the ideas put forward by the European Scrutiny Committee… which would re-establish a national veto over current and future EU laws and enable Parliament to disapply EU legislation, where it is in our vital national interests to do so. This would transform the UK’s negotiating position in the EU,” the letter reads.

The veto proposal is a fresh sign of a growing divide between London and Brussels, which is only aggravated by the UK’s aspirations to reform EU law, particularly in terms of immigration. In his December article for the Financial Times, David Cameron spoke of new arrangements that would “slow full access to each others’ labor markets until we can be sure it will not cause vast migrations.”

Proposals to curb immigration inside the EU have caused uproar among the 27-member-states union.

The latest wave of criticism has been voiced by the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

"The principle of free movement of people has been one of the greatest successes the EU has; it is a fundamental principle and it's not up for negotiation any more than renegotiating the principle of the free movement of goods, services or capital," Schultz said, as cited by The Guardian.

The head of the European Parliament made it clear he had nothing against considering the UK’s reform proposals, even though they come from a country pondering over its exit from the EU.

"I would rather see the UK making its case for reform from within the EU, rather than with one hand on the escape hatch,” the president said.

Earlier this week, another top European Union politician lashed out at Britain over its stance on immigration. Viviane Reding, vice president of the EU Commission, warned UK politicians against spreading “myths” about immigrants “stealing the jobs and stealing the social security and the health money.

"The fact and figures, and we all know this, show it is simply not true and I do believe also that British industry has made it very clear, putting the figures on the table and showing that the GDP of Britain rose by 3-4 percent because of the input of these working Europeans who come to Great Britain," Reding said, during her Friday webchat on European citizenship.

Britons meanwhile appear to be more supportive of the government’s attempts to reduce immigration than of the EU’s vision of migrant inflow being a favorable thing. 77 percent of the UK population want to see the number of new arrivals to their country downsized, according to a January survey by the British Social Attitudes.

Another poll, conducted by the Observer and published in December, revealed only a fourth of British voters believed that the EU was a “good thing”, while 42 percent appeared to have the opposite view.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised to renegotiate his country’s terms of entry to the EU and then hold a referendum in 2017, offering the UK electorate the new arrangement or a chance to leave the EU completely. However, to fulfill the promise his party has to win a majority in the 2015 general election.

Comments (12)

 

Merlin Wizard 10.02.2014 09:11

Quite frankly, I can't imagine why anyone would want to work and live in the UK. With it hoards of brainwashed, bigoted citizens, still believing in the Rule Britannia nonsense. And now with the rapidly sinking infrastructure that is currently being reclaimed by the waves that they believed they once ruled. Cultures may differ but international camaraderie is the only way forward.

 

Michael Dunham 13.01.2014 17:45

[quote name='Kizo Dovanovicra' time='12.01.2014 18:05' David Camerun and its followers sound like Adolf Hitler in the 1930s - "they" are guilty for our situation. [/quote]

Wh at an incredibly stupid comment and offensive thing to say, you disrespect the millions of lives that were lost because of Hitler.
No doubt you are proud of Mladić and Milošević

 

Michael Dunham 13.01.2014 17:38

Kizo Dovanovicra 12.01.2014 18:05

Without EU, there will be total collaps within the UK and there will be no more UK as Scotland and Walles might stay in the EU and England exit

  


Th ere's other European nations that are not part of the EU and survive without a problem. The UK don't forget is also the world's 6th largest economy and pays far more money into the EU than it ever receives, the EU won't want to see that loss of income and it's joke to think either Scotland or Wales could make up for this, in fact Wales would probably need to be supported by the EU in the same way Ireland is.

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