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EU president ‘torpedoes’ Cameron’s treaty negotiation plans

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has “torpedoed” Prime Minister David Cameron’s planned timetable for renegotiating EU treaties by scrapping a key paper on the future of the Eurozone, The Telegraph reports.

According to the report, Juncker was instructed last year to prepare an “analytical note” setting out plans for “stronger economic policy coordination, convergence and solidarity” for discussion by EU leaders. However, a senior diplomat told The Telegraph the paper will no longer be published amid fears it would spark speculation over future treaty change.

Cameron is said to have viewed the paper as an important “staging post” in signalling his plans for renegotiation could be delivered as part of treaty reform without disrupting the smooth functioning of the EU.

Delivering a new settlement with Europe will form a central plank of Cameron’s argument for remaining within the trading bloc ahead of a planned referendum in 2017.

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  1. No surprise that the bullying tactics of the EU simply ignore what the minor member states want. and YES I do believe that Germany and France consider the UK a minor state of the EU.

  2. No surprise that the bullying tactics of the EU ignore what the member states want. You only have to look at what happened with the Lisbon Treaty to see that the bureaucracy of the EU delivers only what Germany and France wants.

  3. Cameron, I believe, has said that if the EU refuses to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership, we may seriously have to consider leaving. Perhaps Juncker is calling his bluff.

    http://www.euromove.org.uk/index.php?id=15296 sets out the economic benefits of EU membership and many British businesses seem to support these arguments, though one has to wonder if these aren’t outweighed by all the negatives, such as the amount that Britain is required to contribute to the EU budget and the plethora of rules and regulations imposed from Brussels that many would argue we could well do without.

  4. …to say nothing of their utter inability to reform fisheries policy to a point where the fishing industry is sustainable. and then there is the complete wste of money called the Common Agricultural Policy which never gets reformed properly because French Farmer milk it for their living.

    They also resist completion of the single market where it would work to Britain’s advantage such as in Financial Services.
    Oh and is that the same JC Juncker who was prime minister of Luxemburg and signed off on all those deals which let multinationals dodge tax in the EU states where they made the monet as long as they slipped the Lux-m-Burgers a few euros to keep the grand duke in Lux-ury.

  5. I think that David Cameron will end up like Nick Clegg remembered for breaking a promise that he had no choice but to break.

    Even if re elected and staying as Prime Minister David Cameron never wanted to leave the EU and he knows a Referendum is likely to lead to us leaving the EU so he cannot have one. I guess he’ll hope he is in another co- allittion.

  6. gosh Phil you are a bit cynical about politicians aren’t you? how shocking.

  7. Cameron has already broke promises to the UK on the EU wasn’t he never going to sign up to the Lisbon Treaty………….. Only to sign up! (With no referendum on it!!!)
    Wasn’t he going to definitely negotiate a reduction in what we pay the EU…………. Only for us to actually end up paying more!!

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