BBC News – Cameron urges EU leaders to listen to voters’ concerns

(clockwise from top left) David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg on 26 May 2017UKIP are the primary social gathering to win a British nationwide election aside from the Tories or Labour for a century

David Cameron has advised different EU leaders that it can’t be “enterprise as regular” after anti-EU events made sweeping electoral good points throughout Europe.

He spoke to French President Francois Hollande and Polish chief Donald Tusk forward of an off-the-cuff dinner later.

No 10 stated the prime minister emphasised the necessity for them to “heed” voters’ message and embrace reform.

Nick Clegg has stated he isn’t opposed to the precept of a referendum and was “not afraid” of the thought.

Party leaders are setting out their response to the UK Independence Party’s victory within the European elections.

‘Standing up to UKIP’

Labour chief Ed Miliband will set out his strategy to rebuilding belief in politics in a speech in Essex.

He has been urged by former prime minister Tony Blair to “rise up” to UKIP on the problems on Europe and immigration and resist requires a referendum.

Mr Clegg stays beneath strain after his get together misplaced all however one in every of its 12 MEPs.

Speaking throughout a go to to a youth centre in Westminster, the Lib Dem chief stated he wouldn’t stand down and the celebration wouldn’t give up the coalition at a time the Lib Dems have been being “vindicated” on the financial system and different points.

Nick Clegg speaking at a community centre in LondonNick Clegg has vowed not to stroll away from his job regardless of poor European and native election outcomes

He acknowledged his get together had suffered an enormous setback within the European polls however stated it had “caught to its values” and have been the one get together placing the case for an internationalist UK within the EY.

Mr Clegg stated he had lengthy supported the precept of a referendum though his get together opposes Conservatives’ requires one in 2017 and stated it ought to solely be triggered if additional powers went from the UK to the EU.

“I personally would relish the chance to have this debate out within the nation in a referendum,” he stated.

“The Lib Dems are usually not afraid, in any method, of a referendum. We have been advocating that for a very long time.”

He recommended the Conservatives’ proposal was “an train in inner celebration administration”.

“We are in favour of reform. We are in favour of a referendum. But we’re additionally in favour of claiming unambiguously that we must be an internationalist nation.”

Mr Cameron will journey to Brussels for an off-the-cuff dinner with different EU leaders the place the election outcomes can be mentioned.

Following the elections, Mr Cameron has pushed the case for modifications within the relationship between Brussels and EU member states in a collection of telephone calls to different heads of presidency.

Seize initiative

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson stated Mr Cameron would try to seize the initiative following the Conservatives’ first-ever third place within the European elections.

The prime minister telephoned fellow EU leaders, together with Germany’s Angela Merkel, forward of Tuesday night’s assembly in Brussels to emphasise that the outcomes of the European elections, and the low turnout, have underlined the necessity for reform.

But supporters of Eurosceptic marketing campaign group Business for Britain have written to the Daily Telegraph calling for Mr Cameron to spell out extra clearly which powers must be taken again to Britain from Brussels.

Mr Cameron has acquired conflicting recommendation from two former Conservative cupboard members on how to deal with UKIP on the subsequent election.

Lord Tebbit advised the BBC he would help casual pacts that would see Conservatives backing these UKIP candidates who had the most effective probability of defeating Labour or the Lib Dems.

Lord Tebbit additionally stated Mr Cameron wanted to publish this yr the invoice for a referendum on Europe in 2017, and set out quickly the areas by which he needed to renegotiate powers again from Brussels.

He stated about UKIP’s success within the elections: “I do not assume we’ll see them sweep to energy on the subsequent election however until the federal government can provide you with solutions to which UKIP are asking, lord is aware of what is going to occur.”

European Parliament buildingUKIP may have 24 seats within the European Parliament

Lord Heseltine stated any pacts would cut up the get together and there shouldn’t be a cope with UKIP “underneath any circumstances”.

“If you say to me, ‘Are they going to be a serious pressure within the subsequent common election?’ the reply is not any,” he stated.

“It was the place to go to protest about sure issues which were occurring which they affiliate with Europe, however the actual drawback is the recession.

“Whenever you get a recession of this type, mid-time period election outcomes discover a protest level. It used to be the Lib Dems.”

Leadership name

Mr Miliband acquired recommendation from Labour former cupboard ministers Lord Hutton and Alan Milburn, who wrote to the Times urging him to keep away from a “Dutch public sale of… ever tighter immigration controls” and as an alternative argue for managed migration.

They referred to as on the celebration chief to “have the braveness of his convictions and are available out preventing”.

Meanwhile, greater than 300 Lib Dem activists have signed an internet petition advising Mr Clegg to resign.

John Pugh, the Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, referred to as for a evaluation of the social gathering’s management and technique after it misplaced all however one among its 12 MEPs however Business Secretary stated there was “no management difficulty”.

The European elections result’s the primary time a celebration aside from the Conservatives or Labour has gained a UK nationwide election for one hundred years.

UKIP gained 27.H% of the vote and had 24 MEPs elected. Labour, on 25.A%, narrowly beat the Tories into third place whereas the Lib Dems got here sixth behind the Greens. The SNP gained two seats in Scotland.

Northern Ireland has but to declare its outcomes.

Far-proper anti-EU events, together with the Front National in France, made positive aspects throughout Europe as did anti-austerity teams from the left.

Following UKIP’s victory within the European elections, some politicians say it was a ‘protest vote’ however UKIP chief Nigel Farage disagrees claiming the result’s an “earthquake” in British politics. If you voted UKIP what have been your causes? Email us at haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk including ‘UKIP Vote’ within the heading, and together with your contact particulars 12:fifty four pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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