Britain won't be excluded from EU: Cameron

2011-12-09 20:22

London - Britain will not be excluded from the European Union despite vetoing a treaty aimed at saving the euro, but its relationship with the bloc has changed, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

"We are not being excluded, we are in the European Union, we're a leading member of the single market," Cameron told British broadcasters after a summit in Brussels.

"When it comes to defence, we're the leading [EU] member of Nato, when it comes to driving forward European foreign policy, we're actually one of the leading players in that.

"But no we're not in the single currency, we don't want to be in the single currency, we're not in the Schengen no-borders agreement and I'm glad we're not in that."

Cameron blocked an EU-wide treaty on tighter budget policing overnight, saying that it would have threatened Britain's vital financial services sector in the City of London.

But afterwards the other 26 members of the EU said they were willing to join a "new fiscal compact" to resolve the two-year euro debt crisis, leaving Britain in the cold in Europe.

"In terms of the future, yes of course this does represent a change in our relationship with Europe," Cameron said.

"But the core of our relationship - the single market, the trade, the investment, the growth, the jobs that we want to see - that remains as it was."

Cameron has faced pressure at home from the so-called "eurosceptics" within his own Conservative party.

  • bernpm - 2011-12-09 21:38

    Britain has become the lapdog of the US. Not the leading "whatever they think they are".

      Peter - 2011-12-09 22:20

      Did u think that by yourself?...or you misheard your mom whilst she was breastfeeding you ?..

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-09 22:13

    Good on you Cameron for standing up for what you think is best for Britain. Germany, and to a lesser degree France, have become the bullies of Europe for the very reason that they are lumped with the Euro currency, while Britain is not. Why should the City of London's financial services be taxed more (what Germany and France want) to subsidise the bankrupt nations of the Euro zone? Oh and P.S. thankfully Britain is NOT part of the Schengen!

      Paul - 2011-12-10 04:22

      You are either ill informed or a patriotic brit with tunnel vision. British ratio of debt to GDP is over 90% and in the current economic climate that will only deteriorate. Currently their loan interest repayments are more than their defence and health budget, and somewhere in the future they are going to need EU assistance. I believe they have just shot themselves in the foot.

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