6 Contradictions in Cameron’s speech

1. Austerity

  “People are increasingly frustrated that decisions taken further and further away from them mean their living standards are slashed through enforced austerity.”

 “It is through the Greek Parliament that Antonis Samaras has to pass his Government’s austerity measures.”

 2. Justice and Home Affairs

 Nations must “work together against terrorism and organised crime,”

 We should “return some existing justice and home affairs powers.”

 3. Single Market

 “For the single market to function we need a common set of rules and a way of enforcing them.”

 “Let us not be misled by the fallacy that a deep and workable single market requires everything to be harmonised, to hanker after some unattainable and infinitely level playing field.”

 4. Referendum

 “Now – while the EU is in flux, and when we don’t know what the future holds and what sort of EU will emerge from this crisis is not the right time to make such a momentous decision about the future of our country.”

 “When we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice. To stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out altogether. It will be an in-out referendum.”

 5. Competitiveness Council

 “When the competitiveness of the Single Market is so important, why is there an environment council, a transport council, an education council but not a single market council?”

 There is already a Competitiveness Council.

 6. Democracy

 “My fourth principle is democratic accountability: we need to have a bigger and more significant role for national parliaments.”

Does this include the unelected House of Lords?


EU Cyber Crime Centre

The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) officially opened last week at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, marking an important step in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The centre will support European cooperation in protecting against cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, as well as combating online fraud and child sexual abuse. Continue reading

EU membership is crucial to Britain’s growing car industry

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We may have just overtaken Brazil to become the world’s sixth largest economy, but the overall economic outlook for the UK remains relatively bleak. Some economists foresee a full-blown triple-dip recession, and with consumer spending and domestic investment remaining sluggishand more public spending cuts just round the corner, even minimal economic growth will be highly dependent on an increase in British exports.

Despite the doom and gloom, one sector continues to provide a small glimmer of hope: the British car industry. Rapid growth in output and productivity is bucking the wider trend of relative economic decline and restoring the UK’s position as a global manufacturing hub. This resurgence has been driven by a range of factors, but especially important has been an increase in foreign investment, international trade and innovation. In each of these areas, Britain’s membership of the EU remains crucial. Continue reading