The British government officially sets out its agenda for EU reform
After months of leaks, the changes that the British government wants from the EU are now officially public. They are:
protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro states;
a target date for reducing the “burden” of red tape;
Britain to be outside an “ever-closer union”
bolstering national parliaments,
and restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits.
This list was in a letter (10.11.15) from UK Prime Minister Mr Cameron to the President of the European Council of Member States, Mr. Tusk.
The leaks had made sure that its content came as no surprise to EU politicians but the negotiations over its contents will be hard fought for months and months ahead.
Within hours of the letter’s release, The European Commission was saying that restricting benefits to migrants was “highly problematic” because that limited the “fundamental freedoms of our internal market”, and amounted to “direct discrimination between EU citizens”.
MR Cameron said he was on ‘mission possible’ but his UK and EU critics started testing him within hours of Mr Tusk opening his letter.