MPs seek EU changes from PM Cameron
LONDON - Agence France-PresseLawmakers from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party issued a “manifesto” yesterday spelling out the sweeping changes that need to be made to keep Britain in the European Union.
The Fresh Start group of eurosceptic MPs urged Cameron to demand four “significant revisions” when he makes his long-awaited speech tomorrow setting out his plans to change the conditions of Britain’s membership, and likely promising a referendum after the general election in 2015.
The group, which is believed to have the backing of around 100 Tory MPs, told Cameron that “the status quo is no longer an option.” The manifesto called for the repatriation of all social and employment law and an opt-out from all existing policing and criminal justice measures.
They also demand an “emergency brake” on any new laws affecting the financial sector and “an end to the European Parliament’s costly monthly move from Brussels to Strasbourg.” The report, backed by Foreign Secretary William Hague, also proposed limits to the free movement of people across the EU. The foreign minister revealed that the report could drive Tory policy should the party win the next general election.