Cameron must build bridges in Europe, not be a bully

29 May 2015

North East Labour MEPs, Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen have cautioned the Prime Minister that he should make a constructive case for the EU reforms Britain needs, rather than threatening to pull out if his demands are not met. Speaking early this week, the Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond claimed the UK would quit the EU if other European countries did not agree to the Tories’ demands.

Jude Kirton-Darling, said:

“Cameron must work with other people to get the changes we need and want from Europe but bullying isn’t the way to do it. If his failures on the European stage in the last five years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to build alliances with like-minded allies that want reform, not burn our bridges abroad.”

Paul Brannen MEP said:

“Businesses are facing up to two years of uncertainty prior to the referendum happening which is putting investment in Britain at risk. I hope that Cameron works constructively with other European leaders to secure meaningful reforms that will make the EU work better for Britain and the rest of the EU. I will be making the positive case for Britain to stay in, others will make the case against, because it is vital for the public to have all the information they need before making such an important decision for the future of our country.”

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