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


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.

  • 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?


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 doubt from the advert what that message is: 

“With an in-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership now on the table, the CBI is recruiting for a Campaigns Adviser to assist with the organisation’s day-to-day work in this area… the benefits of the UK’s EU membership outweigh the costs and no alternative arrangement offers the UK a better route to future prosperity.”

Key to the job will be remembering the CBI’s farcical Scottish referendum shambles and sorting out their status as a registered campaigner this time round…

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 Martin Schulz gets a say on any deal Dave comes up with.

Perhaps it was lost in translation…

Video credit: stolen from ITV

Tory Purdah Rebels in Full

Nigel not doing the cause of Eurosceptic unity much good with that tweet – perhaps frustrated to be on the sidelines outside parliament. That sentiment will only confirm Tory MPs’ fears that he will be difficult to work with in a broad Eurosceptic coalition. 

According to the Press Association the Conservative rebels were: Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Richard Bacon (Norfolk South), John Baron (Basildon & Billericay), Bill Cash (Stone), Philip Davies (Shipley), Nadine Dorries (Bedfordshire Mid), Richard Drax (Dorset South), Dr Liam Fox (Somerset North), Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham), Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Gerald Howarth (Aldershot), Stewart Jackson (Peterborough), Bernard Jenkin (Harwich & Essex North), David Jones (Clwyd West), Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough), Tim Loughton (Worthing East & Shoreham), Stephen McPartland (Stevenage), Anne Main (St Albans), David Nuttall (Bury North), Owen Paterson (Shropshire North), John Redwood (Wokingham), Andrew Rosindell (Romford), Bob Stewart (Beckenham) and Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight).

The numbers are well short of the numbers given as supporters of “Conservatives for Britain”, so this is a disappointing show of strength. Paul Goodman of ConservativeHome notes that Liam Fox has rebelled against his frontbench in a whipped vote for the first time in 23 years…

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




Tories: Purdah Vital to “Enhance Integrity of Politics”

Cameron’s concession on the date of the EU referendum distracts from the more important issue of his attempt to scrap the pre-vote ‘purdah’ period. Effectively allowing a taxpayer funded stitch up in the weeks before the referendum.

Back during the […]


Tory MEP Shares Fanny With Kanye West

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Geoffrey Van Orden’s wife looked rather smitten with Kanye West in a photo shared by the Conservative MEP on Facebook recently.

Fanny Van Orden called Kanye her “new best friend” and described the global superstar as “a real gentleman” and[…]


Cereal EU Rebels Eat Cameron For Breakfast


Back in those heady days of May, when the Prime Minister had just won a shock election victory and the party was united, it was reported that even the old ‘awkward squad’ had fallen in behind Dave.

All those weeks […]


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