Ed Miliband writes to David Cameron on EU reform

19 February 2015

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, writing to David Cameron today said

Dear Prime Minister,

Great businesses across Britain need certainty to plan ahead, knowing that the markets on which they depend will still be open to them in the years ahead and that the inward investment that drives growth will continue to flow.

But your government is causing a great deal of uncertainty.

More than two years have passed since you promised to set out in detail your plan to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe.

But you have still not given any more than the broadest of hints what reforms you want, how you expect to achieve them, or what people would be voting on in a referendum for which for you have set an arbitrary deadline of 2017.

You will not even state whether you would still be advocating the UK remaining in Europe.

I am writing today to urge you to make good on your commitment to set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building the alliances needed to deliver it.

You should not expect to get through the coming election without letting businesses and voters know the details of a plan which risks jobs, exports, and inward investment.

You should not go through this election campaign without saying which side you would be on in a referendum.

Labour has set out a set of ambitious and achievable reforms to make Europe work better for Britain.

We would not allow any more transfer of power from Britain to Brussels without the explicit consent of the British people in an in/out referendum.

But I am not going to tie a Labour government into an arbitrary timetable for an all-consuming debate about Britain exiting the EU, which would create huge instability for British businesses and be against our national interest.

I look forward to you setting out your reply. 

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