David Cameron Puts Forward Case in Commons for EU Renegotiation

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has put forwards his case in the House of Commons for supporting his EU renegotiation bid. The full text of his statement is available here.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, asked the Prime Minister:

“How will this negotiation restrict the volume of legislation coming from Brussels, will it change the treaties so as to assert the authority of this House of Commons and of these Houses of Parliament?”

The Prime Minister replied

“I am not saying this is perfect, I am not saying the European Union will be perfect after this deal – it certainly won’t be – but will the British position be stronger and better? Yes it will”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said that he backed staying in the UK but he was critical of the “smoke and mirrors way” the Prime Minister had gone about the negotiations. He added:

“The Labour party is committed to keeping Britain in the European Union because we believe it is the best framework for European trade and co-operation in the 21st century, and in the best interests of people in this country. We believe that the Prime Minister has been negotiating the wrong goals in the wrong way for the wrong reasons”.

Kenneth Clarke, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in the debate:

“The Prime Minister has achieved more on the big issues in this negotiation than I ever expected—and, I suspect, more than the hard-line Eurosceptics ever expected, which is why they are denouncing it so fiercely—but, as he says, he still has to deliver it”.