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'If the Brits want to leave, let them leave,' say EU leaders

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'If the Brits want to leave, let them leave,' say EU leaders


European Parliament president Martin Schulz says in London today: 'Many of my colleagues say behind closed doors: 'Don't stop a rolling stone. If the Brits want to leave, let them leave'

The Telegraph
By Christopher Hope
5 February 2016

European leaders are so exasperated with Britain's demands they they are privately saying that "if Brits want to leave, let them leave", the President of the European Parliament has said.

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, made the comments at a speech in the London School of Economics in central London.

Mr Schulz, who has been the President since 2012, set out why he wants Britain to stay within the European Union, admitting that it "often tests our patience".

Mr Schulz also said that MEPs could amend some of David Cameron's EU reforms after the referendum, telling Sky News that "nothing is irreversible", in apparent contradiction of Mr Cameron's claims that they would be binding.

He said: "Europe needs the UK with its foreign policy experience and clout, its open market policies and its trade track record if we want to have hope of solving any of these crises - and even more so, if we want to maintain the global security architecture and shape the future world order.

"This is why personally I am a strong supporter of the UK remaining in EU. And this, despite the fact - and I admit this quite frankly - that the British often test our patience and good will with their continuous demands.

He said: "Europe needs the UK with its foreign policy experience and clout, its open market policies and its trade track record if we want to have hope of solving any of these crises - and even more so, if we want to maintain the global security architecture and shape the future world order.

"This is why personally I am a strong supporter of the UK remaining in EU. And this, despite the fact - and I admit this quite frankly - that the British often test our patience and good will with their continuous demands.

"They are demanding. They push hard. They insist. They just don't let go. Many of my colleagues say behind closed doors: 'Don't stop a rolling stone. If the Brits want to leave, let them leave.'

"I do not support this line that just because the UK can be frustrating it would be in our interest to let it go. I believe we need the UK to make the EU stronger and better. And to make something stronger and better sometimes it's necessary to push hard and be critical.

"When the UK says it wants to make the EU more democratic, more transparent, more competitive and less bureaucratic - I am in!"

Some of the EU reforms set out by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, this week - notably the "brake" on paying benefits to migrants from the EU for four years - have to be approved by the European Parliament.

Mr Schulz said that he expected this process to take weeks or months.

He said that while the principle of the deal would be the same as agreed by British voters at the referendum the details of the deal could be amended by MEPs as it progressed through Parliament.

But he warned that the proposals should not discriminate against other EU citizens.

He said: "The European Parliament will support all proposals which fairly address real problems which may emerge from free movement - as long as they do not cause discrimination and undermine European values.

"The European Parliament is fully aware of its responsibility in this process and will step up to the plate. The big picture is that the UK and the EU both stand to win by remaining together.

"And we must always keep this big picture in mind. I believe that the EU is stronger with the UK as a member. I need no more convincing."

He added: "For the UK, leaving the EU would entail the risks of a second Scottish independence referendum, losing foreign investment and damaging London as a leading financial market place.

"Let's face it: a huge chunk of London's attractiveness for global finance is down to itbeing part of the internal market."

Mr Schulz also said that Britain's open economy meant that it was at greater risk of turbulence in the global markets.

He said: "The UK has one of the most open markets in the world - this is great, it's the foundation of your wealth.

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3 comments :

  1. Nigel Farage again giving voice to popular opinion in Britain.

    Nigel Farage speech Grassroots Out Manchester (10 mins)

    Valdi: The EU may have succeeded as a federation of sovereign nations instead of the soviet-style power-block it has become. People throughout Europe feel the same as the British: they want their countries back.

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  2. Correct, and the identities are the value of being a member of nations, not the loathsome Dictatorships of a Federal Europe as with the dis United States. Federalism kills.

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  3. Correct, and the identities are the value of being a member of nations, not the loathsome Dictatorships of a Federal Europe as with the dis United States. Federalism kills.

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