• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 3 February 2016
• Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) Group in the European Parliament - http://www.nigelfaragemep.c...
- Bluecard Question: Molly SCOTT CATO MEP (Greens, UK), Greens/EFA group
• Debate: Preparation of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016
Council and Commission statements
"Yes thank you, I just think they're just slightly over enthusiastic. Well tt wasn't supposed to be like this was it? Because Mr Cameron's renegotiation began with really big intentions, treaty change, he was going to control the free movement of people, he was going to achieve a fundamental change not just in Britain's relationship with the European Union but reform the EU itself.
And what we got was a letter from Mr Tusk in which there is no treaty change, no powers returned to the United Kingdom and no control over our borders at all. In fact it was hardly worth the wait, it is really rather pathetic.
But there is of course one more chance for the Prime Minister because he goes to the European Summit in a couple of weeks time and like Oliver Twist he will parade in front of the other leaders and say please can we have some more concessions. I find it rather humiliating that a British Prime Minister has to do this but I'm certain of one thing; he won't get another thing.
Because just look at the substance of this. We have an emergency brake on migrant benefits, wow. It was supposed to be a total ban on migrant benefits for up to four years so it is hardly an emergency brake, it is more of a hand brake turn. And the Prime Minister is saying we've got a red card, isn't that wonderful? Well what that means is if a majority of parliaments in the European Union can say to Mr Juncker they don't want one of his directives, is that a cause for celebration? I mean if 15 parliaments couldn't stop a piece of law we would be living in a communist dictatorship. And what I've gone through here are the good bits.
The most bizarre thing is that Mr Cameron said that with this deal he would now vote for Britain to join the European Union. Let's have a little think about that.
If the question in June was should we join the EU we'd have to tell the British people you have to surrender the control and sovereignty of your parliament and have 75 percent of your laws made somewhere else.
Your supreme court will not be supreme; you will be overruled by a court of Luxembourg made up by people who aren't even judges.
You will have to give up your fishing grounds, including in some places 200 miles of the North Sea. And you must cut your links with the Common Wealth and the wider world because you are no longer fit to negotiate your own global trade deals.
Oh, and by the way for all of this you will be paying 55 million pounds a day as a membership fee.
Would the British people vote for that? Not a snowball's chance in Hades and all we have to do is recognise that while the politicians and the big banks and the big businesses will in this referendum defend their own vested self-interest, it is people power that will win this referendum and after we've won this referendum I hope that many other countries will in Europe too."
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