EU Referendum

David Cameron faces more outrage as EU deal becomes even WEAKER

ANGER intensified over David Cameron’s new EU deal last night after a leaked Brussels documents showed a

documents showed a series of measures had been further watered down.


GETTY    The Prime Minister faces anger from his party in the wake of the revelations

A draft version of the agreement set to be rubber stamped at an EU summit next week included a series of revisions by other European leaders.

Among the changes were extra restrictions on an “emergency brake” to limit welfare payments to migrants.

And a new demand for “sincere cooperation” to help the euro triggered concerns that the City of London will get less protection from Brussels regulation than previously expected.

Downing Street officials last night insisted that the Prime Minister’s key proposals for reform remained intact.

But anti-Brussels campaigners said the revisions showed that Mr Cameron’s deal meant little change in the terms of the UK’s EU membership.

Tory MP Steve Baker, co-chairman of the Conservative for Britain group, said: “The Prime Minister is asking for very little in this renegotiation but now the EU is watering it down even further.”Worse still, the proposed deal now contains hidden nasties that will be used to undermine British interests.”

A remain vote will be a green light for more money and power flowing to Brussels with Britain helpless to stop it. The only safe option is to vote to leave.”


GETTY   The information came from a leaked Brussels document

 The latest row about the attempt to negotiate a new EU deal for Britain erupted as the Prime Minister prepared to head to Germany today [Friday] to make a major speech spelling out his vision of the Europe’s future.

Mr Cameron is guest speaker at the annual St Matthew’s Day banquet in Hamburg following an invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The leaked 17-page document, a revised version of the draft deal drawn up by EU Council President Donald Tusk, included a string of changes to the original text.

On the emergency brake, it specifically linked the measure to countries such as the UK that declined to impose temporary migration restrictions when the EU expanded.

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The revised document also suggested that nations would have to give reasons for using the brake on benefit claims rather than simply notifying the European Commission of intention to use the measure.And in a clause on “economic governance” a phrase about recognising the “requirements of group and consolidated supervision” was inserted, raising concern about extra regulation on the financial sector.

Downing Street officials dismissed the changes as “technical” last night.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “We would expect there to be plenty of discussion around this. We saw the initial draft proposals published by Donald Tusk last week.

“There is now a period of discussion with the other 27 member states in the run up to EU Council next week.

“We are making progress in all four areas and we will see where we get to at the council itself.”

He added: “All the substantive proposals remain on the table and fundamentally untouched.”The proposal for the emergency brake on migration on welfare hasn’t been changed.”There are some drafting changes under discussion. We expect that in this kind of complex legal discussion; they are about providing better technical and legal clarity.

“Fundamentally we are in a position where we have set out a bold reforming agenda. There are some really important proposals on the table and we making progress with our European partners towards getting a deal that’s right for the British people.”


GETTY   Downing Street said the changes were only ‘technical’

 But Tory Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond admitted the Government still had “issues” with details of the text.

He said: “There is no deal at present; there is a working draft.

“We have issues, some of which have been addressed – language issues – in the latest iteration of the draft, some of which have not been addressed.

“So the discussions continue and I do not think it is sensible to draw any conclusions about the shape of the deal until we see the final text that emerges from the European Council meeting.”

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