Thursday, 30 June 2016

Cameron: Access to EU Single Market most important issue for next govt; EU 27 member state heads/govt. meeting statement

Cameron on immigration vs single market in Brexit talks, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cnjyFQyd4, 43 seconds, published June 29th 2016 - from post-Brexit British Parliament

(Transcript of above video; British Prime Minister David Cameron in the UK parliament:) "On this issue of immigration versus the Single Market, he is right. This is frankly the biggest and most difficult issue to deal with, frankly, whether you are in the European Union, as we have been, arguing for changes, or whether you are out of the European Union trying to secure the best possible access to the Single Market. My answer to the problem was to bring in the welfare restrictions that I negotiated which were incredibly tough to negotiate. I am sad (that) those now will fall away because of the referendum decision. There is no doubt the next government is going to have to work very hard at this. I personally think that access to the Single Market and the strength of our economy is the single most important issue they have to deal with."
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Euro News, Cameron: UK will have to accept good with bad in Brexit negotiations, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdvzJrFp2gs, 1 min. 44 secs, published Jun. 29th 2016.

The last part of the Euro News video has Cameron urging Corbyn (Labour opposition leader in the British Parliament sitting right opposite to Cameron) to go - this is in the British Parliament.
Hmm. I do hope that the Conservative party elects their new leader quickly and that Labour resolves its leadership dispute quickly, one way or the other. Britain now needs political leadership in line with the Leave result to take it through.
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Informal meeting of 27 EU member state heads/govt on 29th June 2016 - Statement

All the short 7 points in the statement released after the meeting, http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2016/06/29-27MS-informal-meeting-statement/, are reproduced below (copyright policy of website allows reproduction with source being specified):

1. We, the Heads of State or Government of 27 Member States, as well as the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, deeply regret the outcome of the referendum in the UK but we respect the will expressed by a majority of the British people. Until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations.

2. There is a need to organise the withdrawal of the UK from the EU in an orderly fashion. Article 50 TEU provides the legal basis for this process. It is up to the British government to notify the European Council of the UK's intention to withdraw from the Union. This should be done as quickly as possible. There can be no negotiations of any kind before this notification has taken place.

3. Once the notification has been received, the European Council will adopt guidelines for the negotiations of an agreement with the UK. In the further process the European Commission and the European Parliament will play their full role in accordance with the Treaties.

4. In the future, we hope to have the UK as a close partner of the EU and we look forward to the UK stating its intentions in this respect. Any agreement, which will be concluded with the UK as a third country, will have to be based on a balance of rights and obligations. Access to the Single Market requires acceptance of all four freedoms.

5. The outcome of the UK referendum creates a new situation for the European Union. We are determined to remain united and work in the framework of the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and find solutions in the interest of our nations and peoples. We stand ready to tackle any difficulty that may arise from the current situation.

6. The European Union is a historic achievement of peace, prosperity and security on the European continent and remains our common framework. At the same time many people express dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, be it at the European or national level. Europeans expect us to do better when it comes to providing security, jobs and growth, as well as hope for a better future. We need to deliver on this, in a way that unites us, not least in the interest of the young.

7. This is why we are starting today a political reflection to give an impulse to further reforms, in line with our Strategic Agenda, and to the development of the EU with 27 Member States. This requires leadership of the Heads of State or Government. We will come back to this issue at an informal meeting in September in Bratislava.

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Ravi: I think the sixth point's reference to achievement of peace, prosperity and security on the European continent is a very important aspect of post-World War II Europe. Bosnia-Serbia and Ukraine have had very unfortunate armed conflicts but most of Europe has been free from armed conflict since World War II. That has been a great achievement of post World War II European governments (political leaders & govt. bureaucracy) and European people in general, IMHO.

About the four freedoms needed for access to European Single Market mentioned in point 4, the BBC website article, Brexit: EU says no compromise on freedom of movement, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36659900, dated 29th June 2016, mentions that they are the freedom of movement of goods, workers, services and capital.
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