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Dave’s Dossier: Deal or No Deal?

EU REFORM

If today’s extensive leak is accurate, this is what the PM is seeking from EU leaders as his renegotiation deal:

  • opt out from ever closer union
  • renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth
  • fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members
  • restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits

So, what do Guido readers think?

Read Dave’s demands and decide: would that be enough to win your vote to stay in?

Revealed: Cameron’s Demands to EU Leaders

EU REFORM

Top leak to the Guardian, revealing what the PM wants in his renegotiation deal:

  • Answering UK concerns about sovereignty by giving the UK an exemption from the EU’s historic commitment to forge an “ever closer union” of the peoples of Europe. The prime minister said the UK does not want to stop other member states from pursuing this goal but Britain needs an opt-out because the European Court of justice has used it to push through integrationist measures. He also suggested giving national parliaments the ability to club together to use yellow or red cards to block EU proposals they object to.
  • A renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth by freeing up the service sector and promoting trade including, but not exclusively so, the EU-US transatlantic free trade agreement, which is the subject of lengthy intense negotiations.
  • Ensure fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members to ensure that countries outside the single currency cannot have new rules in the single market imposed on them. He cited financial services and cited the example of the double majority system on the banking union. This ensures that new rules have to be agreed by a majority of eurozone and non eurozone countries.
  • Imposing restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits. He had hoped to introduce an emergency brake but now accepts this is not possible. Cameron has been accused of planning to act in a discriminatory way after he proposed imposing a four year ban on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits.

Apparently the PM’s plan is to undermine the “risky” alternatives to staying in. Only bringing back these meagre concessions would also be quite a risk…

Cameron Last Month: Treaty Change “Required” For Renegotiation

David Cameron has admitted previously that he needs to secure treaty change before he can come to the British people and advise them to stay in the European Union.

In January he said that “proper full on treaty change” was needed.

Just last month his spokesman said treaty change was a prerequisite for renegotiation:

“He wants treaty change. All the advice that he has had is that treaty change is required, for example in terms of some of the changes that we want to see in welfare.”

How’s that going?

In the space of a few weeks the PM’s position has gone from requiring treaty change to a vague commitment to some possible treaty change at an unspecified time in the future. And this is just the first hurdle…

Taxpayer-Funded EU Survey Finds More People Go on Holiday in Summer

It reads like a parody, but this is a genuine taxpayer-funded report commissioned by the EU statistics agency Eurostat, released today:

The shock findings include the remarkable claim that:

“A clear seasonal pattern on tourism activity of residents of the European Union can be observed. The summer season (June-September) accounts for more than half (51.9%) of the total number of tourism nights spent by EU residents during the whole year”

People tend to go on holiday in the summer, you say? Surely not.

There’s more. The in-depth report reveals this incredible statistic:

“August is the leading month of departure for residents of a narrow majority of EU Member States, just ahead of July”

You mean most people go on holiday in the hottest month?

Guido would FoI how much money was spent on this dross but alas the EU’s fabled lack of openness and transparency means we will likely never know…

H/T @wallaceme@Ashleyfoxmep

UPDATE:

Holiday? Well it is between June and September…

Tory Flip Flop Forces British Jobs to be Advertised Across Europe

The Tories were positively crowing last year about tearing up rules forcing all Jobcentre vacancies in the UK to be advertised across the EU. Esther McVey even had a good boast about standing up to Brussels:

“We are giving businesses the choice of advertising their jobs only to British residents – it’s only right that they get that choice.”

Why, then, did Conservative MEPs yesterday vote for the exact opposite: compulsory advertising of British jobs across Europe?

Tory MEP Anthea McIntyre put down an amendment – which was passed – calling for:

“All job vacancies made publicly available should be published on the EURES [EU-wide job advertising] portal, in accordance with the Member State’s own practice”

Despite the promise of a “deal”, a further amendment allowing “employers [to] choose not to have a vacancy published on the EURES portal” was voted down.

Naturally UKIP are kicking off. Not the best time for the Tories to be breaking promises on Europe…

UPDATE: DWP claim Guido has the wrong end of the stick…

“We are giving British people the chance to be first in line for jobs advertised in this country, and giving British businesses the choice to advertise only to British residents – it is only right that we offer them both this opportunity. These new rules will significantly reduce the number of British jobs advertised in Europe and put British residents first – and we will continue work with countries across Europe to ensure the system remains fair to jobseekers and to businesses.

Background:
  • In December the UK government negotiated a concession on the EURES regulations that meant British people were given the chance by employers to be first in line for jobs advertised in this country.
  • This has been in effect for the UK since December and has significantly decreased the number of vacancies advertised across the EU.
  • Yesterday a ‘compromise text’ (negotiated between MEPs) was presented to the Employment Committee in the European Parliament. This included an exemption allowing employers the choice not to advertise their jobs on EURES. This was voted on and passed.
  • Anthea McIntyre’s amendment specified the same exemption as a formality and was voted down because the principle behind the amendment was already included in the compromise text.
  • The UK government’s position remains the same – that employers should be able to advertise their vacancies only to people living in Britain. This position was strengthened by the vote yesterday.

Over to you UKIP…

What Opposition?

ru-debate

The opposition is not much of an opposition currently. This was the scene during this afternoon’s EU debate…

New UKIP EU Attack Ad

Refreshingly, UKIP are going after people who aren’t members of their own party this morning.

This new EU campaign video stars Jose Manuel Barroso, Viviane Reding and Martin Schulz:

A Farage-led ‘out’ campaign would at least be punchy…

CBI Step Up Pro-EU Campaign Activity

Big business Brexit scaremongers the CBI are stepping up their campaigning activity for an EU ‘Yes’ vote. The “politically independent and impartial” lobbyists are hiring a campaigns adviser on a competitive salary “to promote the CBI’s messages on Europe”. Little […]

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European Parliament President: “Britain Belongs to the EU”

As Cameron lunches with Europe’s leaders, the President of the European Parliament continues to do the ‘Out’ campaign’s work for them:

“The European Union and Britain is one thing. The United Kingdom belongs to the European Union.”

Hardly encouraging since […]

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Tory Purdah Rebels in Full

Nigel not doing the cause of Eurosceptic unity much good with that tweet – perhaps frustrated […]

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EU Purdah Stitch Up: Full Letter From Lidington to Tories

Minister for Europe David Lidington has written to Tory MPs to tell them they are still planning on stitching up the EU Referendum, but it’s ok because they they will ‘work with them’ to do so:

16th June 2015

Dear

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Quote of the Day

Charles Clarke says Cameron is the most successful PM for over a century…

“Under Margaret Thatcher the Conservatives gained 99 seats. They lost 211 under John Major, gained one under William Hague, quickly and wisely got rid of Ian Duncan-Smith, gained 32 under Michael Howard and have so far gained 133 under David Cameron who, to the great surprise of many (including senior Conservatives), has turned out to be the most electorally successful Tory leader since 1900.”

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