British PM Calls for European Reforms

By Patrick Falk,
International News Writer

British Prime Minister David Cameron has recently taken to the airwaves to call for reforms in the European Union regarding certain English policies.

In a statement released on Tuesday, November 10, he outlined four main tenets that he feels confident will be granted and approved.

In his letter to the President of the EU, Donald Tusk, Cameron explicitly listed the four ‘renegotiations’ that he feels will benefit Britain.

The renegotiations are as follows: protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro countries, boosting competitiveness by setting a target for the reduction of red tape, exempting Britain from “ever-closer union” and bolstering national parliaments, and restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits, as reported by the Telegraph.

The Prime Minister called for cut on the influx of immigrants into the UK, and indicated that the services allocated to new comers to the country will be dialed back as well.

The Prime Minister’s demands have been met with mediocre reception at best.

As reported by the BBC, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker called the deal ‘highly problematic’ and discriminatory towards certain EU citizens.

In addition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Prime minister’s proposal does pose some issues in regards to the EU and its ‘internal market’, though she went on to say that this may be a starting point for negotiations between Britain and the European Union.

“Some points are more difficult than others,” she said, as quoted by the BBC. “But given that we are working in the spirit of wanting to reach a solution, I am reasonably confident that we can succeed. Germany will certainly do its bit to help as far as European rules permit.”

Mr. Cameron pushed for an early vote on the issue, with the BBC reporting that a referendum should be held before the end of 2017.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 17th print edition.

Contact Patrick at
patrick.falk@student.shu.edu

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