Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson of the EC, on the reaction of the EC following the speech by David Cameron, British Prime Minister, on Europe
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/01/2013 First transmission: 23/01/2013
On 23 January 20103, Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson of the EC, reacted to the speech on Europe given by David Cameron, British Prime Minister.
In her speech, Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, underlined that the Commission welcomes the Prime Minister's unequivocal statement that he wants Britain to remain in the European Union.
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||General view of the conference room at the European Commission in Brussels
||Soundbite by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson of the EC, (in ENGLISH): This is an important contribution to the democratic debate on Europe in the United Kingdom. It is for the British government and the British people to set out what they feel is the best approach to the UK's place within the European Union. The Commission welcomes the Prime Minister's unequivocal statement that he wants Britain to remain in the European Union. The EU is a union based on the democratic will of its Member States. The Commission has been consistent in stating that, provided Britain wants to remain in the EU, it is very much in the European interest and in the UK's own interest for Britain to be an active member at the centre of the EU. The UK brings a great deal to European integration and has positively shaped European policies from the deepening of the Single Market to enlargement, to climate, to energy policy, to keeping Europe open to the world and developing new trade opportunities. Following the speech this morning, the internal debate will hopefully focus on the substance of the current relationship and will allow for a well-informed assessment of how working through Europe impacts positively on the UK's influence on global challenges.
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