Coming away from a pivotal round of talks with Europe almost empty-handed, what was it that Cameron wanted?
In a country where the Brexit debate is everywhere, David Cameron, the current Prime Minister has been negotiating changes with Europe. He hoped the following would be enough for him to campaign in favour of staying in:
1. Change in sovereignty or a philosophical change.
Cameron wanted a change in the Treaty of Rome (1957) and especially to be exempted of the principle of an ‘ever closer union’.
2. Change in economics.
He wanted a special guarantee that non-Eurozone members will not suffer from disadvantages because of their different currency.
3. Change in the market.
These included: limiting huge regulation, extending the market and putting an end to trade barriers in the services and digital sectors.
4. Protection of the City of London.
Protection for Britain’s financial centre against European Union legislation in what concerns the banker’s bonuses for instance.
5. Limits to immigration rules.
The Prime Minister intended to stop access to welfare benefits for the first four years of residency.
6. Prevent ‘vast immigration on the continent’.
Cameron hoped to introduce measures to significantly reduce it.
7. More power to national parliaments.
He wanted national parliaments to be able to block European legislation if they disagreed with it.
Despite these good intentions, Cameron is now facing backlash for his ‘lack of resolve’ at the negotiating table.