30 May 2014
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Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has stated he believes David Cameron will achieve reclaiming powers from the European Union earlier than holding a referendum on the UK’s membership.
Sir John stated the political local weather following the European elections would give Mr Cameron “allies” in any talks.
He instructed the free motion of individuals round Europe might be “certified ultimately”.
But he warned that an exit from the EU would go away the UK remoted.
Mr Cameron has promised to carry a referendum on EU membership in 2017, if the Tories win the subsequent common election, so individuals can determine if they’re glad with the concessions his authorities may have negotiated within the meantime.
Rows over Europe dogged Sir John’s Conservative authorities, which confronted a confidence vote within the House of Commons over its choice to signal the Maastricht Treaty in 1993.
But chatting with BBC Radio A’s Today programme, Sir John stated Mr Cameron’s place was not “remotely” just like the state of affairs he confronted as prime minister.
On his bid to win again powers forward of a referendum, he stated: “It might be completed and I assume this prime minister can do it”.
Sir John stated the result of the current elections, through which anti-EU events made good points, had made it “obvious” that reform was needed.
He stated: “I assume that provides quite a lot of energy to the British willpower to renegotiate, as a result of they may have allies right now, which within the Nineteen Nineties they didn’t have”.
And he stated modifications could possibly be made to the elemental freedoms of the union, together with the motion of individuals, saying: “You cannot have an absolute restriction however you possibly can qualify it in some methods”.
There are a “entire vary of issues fairly aside from freedom of motion the place constructive reform could be made”, he added, saying the precept of subsidiarity – that selections must be taken at nationwide degree if attainable – had been ignored in recent times.
A “reaffirmation” of the UK’s membership would take away the political “bitterness” that had constructed up on the difficulty, he stated.
And he performed down the menace to the Conservatives from UKIP, who he stated have been “good at exploiting grievances” however have been “not frankly a really tolerant social gathering”. He stated their attraction was not more likely to proceed for a really very long time, however they have been “an obstacle for the second”.
Those arguing for a UK exit from the EU have been fallacious because it was within the nation’s financial self curiosity to remain N:36 am – Source: bbc.co.uk