Cameron 'preparing EU quit threat'

David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Parliament in Brussels (European Union/PA)

David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Parliament in Brussels (European Union/PA)

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David Cameron is preparing to threaten to back Britain quitting the European Union if it fails to make major concessions over returning powers.

The Prime Minister has always refused to say he would campaign to sever ties if he failed to achieve his promised reforms, but is now poised to issue the warning, according to The Times.

Mr Cameron has pledged that a Conservative government would hold a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 after renegotiating London's relationship with Brussels.

His efforts to pave the way for a new deal were dealt a blow earlier in the summer when he lost the battle to stop arch-federalist Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next European Commission president.

The PM wants to Britain to be freed from the commitment to an ''ever closer union'' as well as a shift to powers flowing away from Brussels rather than to it.

Among the other reforms he wants to secure are a reduction in red tape for businesses and the right to free movement to take up work, not free benefits.

But critics warn that a significant overhaul is unlikely and he faces a major battle to win over Mr Juncker after publicly denouncing his candidacy.

No timescale has been set for outlining the beefed up stance but the Conservative party's autumn conference is being considered, according to The Times.

A source told the newspaper: "The shift was almost made public at the time Juncker was appointed, but that timing might have looked like petulance."

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9:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

cosmick says...

Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.
Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U. cosmick
  • Score: 20

10:12am Mon 25 Aug 14

AburridoEnTrabajo says...

cosmick wrote:
Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.
Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.[/p][/quote]Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that. AburridoEnTrabajo
  • Score: -3

11:51am Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

AburridoEnTrabajo wrote:
cosmick wrote:
Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.
Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.
He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow.

We would no longer be in the EU from that moment.
[quote][p][bold]AburridoEnTrabajo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.[/p][/quote]Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.[/p][/quote]He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow. We would no longer be in the EU from that moment. notslimjim
  • Score: 15

12:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

welshmen says...

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  • Score: 8

12:39pm Mon 25 Aug 14

s6blr says...

Dave-O "Mr Truth in Gubmnt" CaMORON just keeps moving the date and moving the date and moving the date.

Trust me, I'm from the Gubmnt should be his claim. Along with the cheque is in the mail and I promise to not leave unattended children in pubs.

Fat chance he has the stones to say tickety boo.
Dave-O "Mr Truth in Gubmnt" CaMORON just keeps moving the date and moving the date and moving the date. Trust me, I'm from the Gubmnt should be his claim. Along with the cheque is in the mail and I promise to not leave unattended children in pubs. Fat chance he has the stones to say tickety boo. s6blr
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

35vulcan35 says...

What's needed is for the prime minister to abolish the European Communities Act & Human Rights Act NOW. No more dithering, ignore Liberals, Labour and all other misguided hand-wringers.
What's needed is for the prime minister to abolish the European Communities Act & Human Rights Act NOW. No more dithering, ignore Liberals, Labour and all other misguided hand-wringers. 35vulcan35
  • Score: 25

3:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Rita Jelfs says...

notslimjim wrote:
AburridoEnTrabajo wrote:
cosmick wrote:
Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.
Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.
He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow.

We would no longer be in the EU from that moment.
Threats against the EU all the time. The UK needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Besides trying to pull out "overnight" as you say, would signal what a sovereign risk the UK government is. A risk to all the British industries that rely on the EU to sell their products, and British jobs too. When the British government pulled out of buying Commonwealth countries' goods, that left many producers in those countries with products they had no markets for. But all those products go to Asia now. Has the UK got immediate new markets to sell to? So its a double-edged sword, and the costs and benefits of moving out of the EU are not known. But it helps politically to demonise the EU with an election coming up, and especially with that large amount of debt still hanging over like Damocles sword. A great diversion to the electorate.
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AburridoEnTrabajo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.[/p][/quote]Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.[/p][/quote]He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow. We would no longer be in the EU from that moment.[/p][/quote]Threats against the EU all the time. The UK needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Besides trying to pull out "overnight" as you say, would signal what a sovereign risk the UK government is. A risk to all the British industries that rely on the EU to sell their products, and British jobs too. When the British government pulled out of buying Commonwealth countries' goods, that left many producers in those countries with products they had no markets for. But all those products go to Asia now. Has the UK got immediate new markets to sell to? So its a double-edged sword, and the costs and benefits of moving out of the EU are not known. But it helps politically to demonise the EU with an election coming up, and especially with that large amount of debt still hanging over like Damocles sword. A great diversion to the electorate. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: -13

4:05pm Mon 25 Aug 14

billybloggs says...

load of rubbish just trying to gain points on boris no intention leaving EU s
load of rubbish just trying to gain points on boris no intention leaving EU s billybloggs
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

cosmick says...

Just seen more unwanted arrivals in a lorry at the thames crossing. Give them food, nhs, 2 years while they claim to live here.
Or stick them in a lorry today and send them back to France.
Just seen more unwanted arrivals in a lorry at the thames crossing. Give them food, nhs, 2 years while they claim to live here. Or stick them in a lorry today and send them back to France. cosmick
  • Score: 7

4:54pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Counterview says...

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down. Good old Dave. Playing to the back benches again. Tail wags dog yet again.
I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down. Good old Dave. Playing to the back benches again. Tail wags dog yet again. Counterview
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Rita Jelfs wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
AburridoEnTrabajo wrote:
cosmick wrote:
Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.
Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.
He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow.

We would no longer be in the EU from that moment.
Threats against the EU all the time. The UK needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Besides trying to pull out "overnight" as you say, would signal what a sovereign risk the UK government is. A risk to all the British industries that rely on the EU to sell their products, and British jobs too. When the British government pulled out of buying Commonwealth countries' goods, that left many producers in those countries with products they had no markets for. But all those products go to Asia now. Has the UK got immediate new markets to sell to? So its a double-edged sword, and the costs and benefits of moving out of the EU are not known. But it helps politically to demonise the EU with an election coming up, and especially with that large amount of debt still hanging over like Damocles sword. A great diversion to the electorate.
^^^^utter unsubstantiated drivel^^^^^^
[quote][p][bold]Rita Jelfs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AburridoEnTrabajo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Bla Bla Bla. Just give me UKIP , no *ull*hit just pull out of the E/U.[/p][/quote]Except you can't "just pull out of the EU" - it takes years of treaty renegotiation, and even UKIP have acknowledged that.[/p][/quote]He can abolish the European Communities Act tomorrow. We would no longer be in the EU from that moment.[/p][/quote]Threats against the EU all the time. The UK needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Besides trying to pull out "overnight" as you say, would signal what a sovereign risk the UK government is. A risk to all the British industries that rely on the EU to sell their products, and British jobs too. When the British government pulled out of buying Commonwealth countries' goods, that left many producers in those countries with products they had no markets for. But all those products go to Asia now. Has the UK got immediate new markets to sell to? So its a double-edged sword, and the costs and benefits of moving out of the EU are not known. But it helps politically to demonise the EU with an election coming up, and especially with that large amount of debt still hanging over like Damocles sword. A great diversion to the electorate.[/p][/quote]^^^^utter unsubstantiated drivel^^^^^^ notslimjim
  • Score: 7

5:51pm Mon 25 Aug 14

burghcastle says...

Britain's not thinking of leaving the EU she's getting kicked out by the EU
Britain's not thinking of leaving the EU she's getting kicked out by the EU burghcastle
  • Score: -1

5:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

burghcastle says...

burghcastle wrote:
Britain's not thinking of leaving the EU she's getting kicked out by the EU
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[quote][p][bold]burghcastle[/bold] wrote: Britain's not thinking of leaving the EU she's getting kicked out by the EU[/p][/quote]. burghcastle
  • Score: -1
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