MEPs reactions on Cameron Speech on Europe: statements by - Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) - Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE) - Johannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT) - Isabelle DURANT (Greens/EFA, BE)

Type: News   Reference: 90172   Duration: 00:04:00  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 23/01/2013   First transmission: 23/01/2013
Reacting to the speech of British Prime Minister David Cameron on the UK's future in the EU, EP political representatives are commonly saying that "The speech was more about domestic politics reflecting concerns of Eurosceptic elements of the Conservative Party". Here are the statements that the Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) - Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE) - Johannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT) - Isabelle DURANT (Greens/EFA, BE)

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE: (English) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) "For sure, it would be better to have Great Britain in the European Union, but on the side I believe that Great Britain needs more Europe than we need Great Britain, therefore it's a case at the British industry already is lobbying for staying fully in the European Union and you see that opinion pose in Great Britain goes up because they want to stay there in the European Union, young people especially want to stay there and we have to see that the interest of jobs and all that has to do with Europe." 00:00:34
00:00:44 SOUNDBITE: (English) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) "I think it is more in the situation within the Tory party, which he has to satisfy. It is party, not country, in real this debate, and if you get this issue out of the tabloids but to the real media we might have told a different debate in Great Britain; I am sure that Britain will stay in the European Union, we want to be helpful but not by weakening the European Union but by making the European Union better and more successful." 00:00:24
00:01:08 SOUNDBITE: (English)Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE) "I think it was more a political speech, it was a speech of the leader of the Tory Party and not the Prime Minister of Britain that I have seen and why I am saying that , it is because it is a speech asking for an individual re-negotiation of the membership of Britain and it is impossible in the European Union, if we start with Britain then everybody shall ask for a re-negotiation of his membership." 00:00:27
00:01:35 SOUNDBITE: (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE,BE) "We need in 2015-2016 a what I call a new Treaty, a new basic law for the European Union, to have a more integrated Europe, so what we shall do in 2015-2016 is exactly the opposite what Mr. Cameron is asking for." 00:00:17
00:01:52 SOUNDBITE: (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE,BE) "We shall see a referendum in Britain but on this second class membership that Mr. Cameron is looking for but on a more integrated Europe and then British people can say ok we want to be in; or to get out. And that is not in the interest of Britain because the interest of Britain lies in the continent, in the rest of Europe, 50 % of the exports of Britain are going to the continent, are going to the rest of Europe." 00:00:28
00:02:20 SOUNDBITE: (English) Johannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT) "If Mr Cameron would fight for another Europe in the sense of a social Europe with more fairness and justice then I would be on his side, so I don't criticise that he is criticising the Europe of today, but he is not fighting for another Europe, he is fighting for another opt-out, for other policies, for Britain's autonomy inside Europe but this is not possible. We want to have one Europe which is more social, more just, but we cannot give the way for Cameron to have its cherry-picking policy implemented in Europe, there's no way for dealing with that". 00:00:40
00:03:00 SOUNDBITE: (French) Isabelle DURANT (Greens/EFA, BE) "Obviously, the British have the right to decide whether they want to stay in or out of the EU but Mr Cameron cannot at the same time deal with the calendar and the menu. He cannot tell us he will do a referendum in 2015 and in the meantime I will keep you hostage and discuss with you bilaterally on all the exceptions. This doesn't work, the EU is not made of a compilation of exceptions. He needs to understand he will not negotiate bilaterally with us to weaken the budget, the institutions and a whole series of issues. So while I think the British people can and should choose, it is also true that we will not accept to deal with a range of issues bilaterally. If we have to have a discussion it will be after the elections and all together". 00:00:43
00:03:43 SOUNDBITE: (French) Isabelle DURANT (Greens/EFA, BE) "Cameron's idea of the EU is that of a big free market, where one can get in and out as it pleases, without any rules. But the EU is NOT that. For us, the European Union requires responsibility, trust and integration. So his calendar and his menu are not adequate." 00:00:17
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