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MEPs can change David Cameron’s EU deal AFTER Britain holds In-Out referendum as EU chief tells Europe not to force a Brexit, warning: ‘What is broken cannot be mended’

It came as the EU President Donald Tusk attempted to wake European leaders up to the ‘real’ prospect of a Brexit, warning: ‘What is broken cannot be mended’ and described the negotiations over Mr Cameron’s deal as still ‘very fragile’.

Downing Street insisted the agreement, which the Prime Minister is trying to finalise this week, would be ‘legally binding’ and ‘lodged at the United Nations’.

Francois Hollande (right) greets David Cameron in Paris tonight as the PM seeks  to settle differences over Britain's demands for non-euro countries to be given a veto over attempts to strengthen the single currency. But Cameron was dealt a blow today as it emerged MEPs will vote on the UK's deal AFTER the referendum
Francois Hollande (right) greets David Cameron in Paris tonight as the PM seeks  to settle differences over Britain’s demands for non-euro countries to be given a veto over attempts to strengthen the single currency. But Cameron was dealt a blow today as it emerged MEPs will vote on the UK’s deal AFTER the referendum

 The PM, pictured alongside his aides in Paris tonight, insists the deal reached this week will be 'legally binding' and 'lodged at the United Nations' despite MEPs only debating and voting on the deal after the referendum


 But while the leaders of all 28 EU member states will have to sign up to the agreement before it is finished the European Parliament will still have to pass legislation to enact it – and MEPs will not be party to any legally binding deal.

The European Parliament will be asked to pass EU laws on the so-called ’emergency brake’ on migrant benefits and reforms to how child benefit is paid to migrant workers.

 It was made clear today the legislation will not be put to MEPs until after Britain’s referendum – expected in June.

The potential roadblock to Mr Cameron’s deal comes from the so-called ‘co-decision’ powers that hand the 751 MEPs veto powers over certain laws.

Meanwhile Mr Tusk, who is chairing the negotiations between EU leaders, is jetting around European capitals to persuade member states to agree to Mr Cameron’s EU deal ahead of the crunch summit in Brussels later this week, when he hopes Britain’s renegotiation will be finalised.

The EU President Donald Tusk took to Twitter to tell European leaders not to push Britain out of the EU, warning: 'What is broken cannot be mended'

The EU President Donald Tusk took to Twitter to tell European leaders not to push Britain out of the EU, warning: ‘What is broken cannot be mended’


 David Cameron, pictured meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris tonight, wants non-eurozone countries such as the UK to be given the power to block decisions that would strengthen the euro at the expense of the pound


 This evening he took to Twitter to warn European leaders that the ‘risk of break-up is real’ and said negotiations were still ‘very fragile,’ adding: ‘Handle with care’.

Mr Cameron is due to meet parliament president Martin Shulz in Brussels tomorrow, along with the three MEPs who have been appointed ‘sherpas’ for the renegotiations – Guy Verhofstadt, Roberto Gualtieri and Elmar Brok.

‘YOU’RE CHICKEN!’: NIGEL FARAGE TAUNTS DAVID CAMERON AS TALKS ON HIS DEAL GO DOWN TO THE WIRE

Nigel Farage has accused David Cameron of being a ‘chicken’ for dodging a planned meeting with him in Brussels tomorrow.

The Prime Minister was due to attend a meeting with the Ukip leader and other EU parliamentary group heads to discuss the package put forward for reforming Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

But the Eurosceptic party leader claimed the premier had ‘run away scared’ after Downing Street said Mr Cameron was holding selected talks.

Mr Farage said: ‘The Prime Minister is a chicken.

‘I received my official documentation this morning to say that I was one of several meeting the PM tomorrow morning and he has now run away scared.

‘Frankly I’m not surprised. Not only is the deal pitiful but he would not want me exposing the fact that even if he wins the referendum, the European Parliament will veto it.’

He will then have separate meetings with leaders of the Socialist and EPP groupings in the European Parliament, Gianni Pitella and Manfred Weber. as well as the leaders of two party groupings in the parliament.

But Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who claimed he had been due to meet the PM in Brussels, said Mr Cameron had ‘run away.

Mr Cameron’s official spokeswoman said today: ‘What we have seen from a number of senior MEPs in the last few weeks, in particular since the draft decision was published by the European Council, is comment from MEPs saying they want to work with us on these areas.

‘The facts are that in a number of areas such as those relating to social security and welfare spending you need the European Parliament involved in it.’

She added: ‘Subsequent to the legally binding decision, which is a matter for heads of state and government, there are a number of proposals within it that will then be subject to the usual EU decision making procedures.

‘Yes, the Prime Minister will clearly be looking for the European Parliament to make clear they will work with the UK to deliver on the solutions that are being discussed.

‘But do they need to ratify the draft decision… it’s a decision for the heads of government.’

Pressed on the timetable for finalising the reforms, the spokeswoman continued: ‘There is a proposal on the table that will allow us to cut in work benefits to EU migrants.

‘What we will be working on for this week is for all the European member states to sign up to that so that process can then be taken forward following a referendum depending on the decision of the British people.’

The European Commission will be responsible for bringing forward a regulation to implement the deal.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed the Prime Minister was ducking a meeting with him in Brussels this morning. No 10 insisted there were no plans to meet Mr Farage 

Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed the Prime Minister was ducking a meeting with him in Brussels this morning. No 10 insisted there were no plans to meet Mr Farage


European Parliament president Martin Shulz, pictured, will meet with David Cameron in Brussels tomorrow David Cameron, pictured at a dinner in Hamburg last week

 Downing Street today insisted Mr Cameron did not expect problems in getting his 'legally binding' deal past MEPs in the European Parliament


  David Cameron says reformed EU will protect Britain’s borders

This regulation will then be debated and voted on by MEPs.

The reason MEPs vote after Britain’s referendum is because the deal being negotiated by David Cameron will not come into force unless Britain votes to remain a member of the EU.

Mr Cameron’s spokeswoman said: ‘We will be looking for all countries in the European Parliament to deliver on that following the choice of the British people.’

She added: ‘The legally binding decision will take force in international law, it makes very clear the commitment of all parties to deliver on those commitments and indeed to do so swiftly.’

The spokeswoman insisted we ‘should not get into hypotheticals’ adding senior MEPs had made clear they wanted to ‘work with the UK to deliver on these reforms’.

Mr Cameron is heading to Paris tonight to try to get President Francois Hollande on board for his renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership.

Downing Street confirmed that some details of his reform package still need to be ‘pinned down’.

France has raised concern that proposed protections for non-eurozone states could amount to special treatment for the City of London.

But Downing Street declined to say whether the hastily-arranged meeting on Monday evening was sparked by concerns that Paris could block agreement on reforms at a crunch Brussels summit at the end of this week.

As well as French concerns over financial proposals, he is also facing objections from eastern Europe to plans to scale back welfare payments to migrant workers, with countries such as Poland thought to be holding out for any restrictions to be applicable to the UK only.

WHY MEPS WILL GET A SAY ON BRITAIN’S DEAL: THE ‘CODECISION’ PROCEDURE DESIGNED TO MAKE THE EU MORE DEMOCRATIC

 

MEPs will debate and vote on aspects of Britain’s deal with the EU as part of the normal legislative workings of the EU.

But crucially, because of the way Brussels works this will not happen until after Britain has held its referendum.

The agreement David Cameron hopes to strike will not become officially live until after Britain has voted to stay in. This is the trigger for implementing the agreement.

It means the 751-member European Parliament, pictured above, will get a say over the welfare aspects of the deal – the crucial components relating to the ’emergency brake’ on migrant benefits and reforms to how child benefit works.

They are at the core of what is likely to be the deal Mr Cameron presents to the country next week as his recommendation Britain stays In the EU.

But unless they are carried by a vote of MEPs in what is known as the ‘co-decision’ or ‘ordinary legislative procedure’ they will not be adopted.

This requires both the European Council – made up of national government leaders – and the European Parliament to agree a decision.

Number 10 insisted today they has received assurances from senior MEPs about the passage of the new laws, adding the national governments of all member states will be signed up.

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One comment

  • 16th February 2016 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    This whole thing is beyond Farce. When is Cameron going to give up this charade. It is embarrassing for him and Great Britain.

    This so-called ‘legally binding’ agreement is not worth the paper it is written on. Why else would the EU Parliament not vote on it until AFTER the referendum?

    The European Parliament will NOT back the agreement. One has only to look at previous times when they have overturned Cameron’s deals: When he vetoed the increase in EU budget, the Parliament voted for it anyway and when Britain was asked to contribute to the Greek bail-out, an agreement for Britain not to contribute was deemed ‘not binding’ and we had to contribute to yet more Eurozone debt.

    The ONLY way that Britain is going to be able to protect ourselves from the EU is to secede and the sooner that Cameron accepts this, the better.

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