The UK challenge to the EU

Earlier this week Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his four goals for reforming the UK’s membership of the EU. He said both the in and out situation was a “huge decision” but he was confident he could get what he wanted from these reform talks. Furthermore, he affirmed that it is what is best for the UK and the European Union. Prime Minister Cameron set out his demands in a formal letter addressed to the President of the EU Council Donald Tusk. The objectives are the following:

  • Protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro countries
  • Boosting competitiveness by setting a target for the reduction of the “burden” of red tape
  • Exempting Britain from “ever-closer union” and bolstering national parliaments
  • Restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits

The reaction from other governments and the EU has been fast. A spokesman for the European Commission said that the proposals were “highly problematic”, that they affected “Fundamental freedoms” and that they involve “direct discrimination between EU citizens.”

Furthermore, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would work towards finding a solution that suits everyone, and that she is confident they would be able to reach one.  Another huge challenge to the EU!