Lest we Forget ….. the Promises Cameron made

“We need fundamental, far-reaching change,” David Cameron declared in his 2013 Bloomberg speech on Britain’s future with the European Union. In the end, there has been no meaningful change. The EU has proven itself to be unreformable and in case we need reminding here are all the promises made by the Conservative party and David Cameron about our membership of the EU.

To secure treaty change:

Andrew Marr show Cameron Jan ‘15

“The changes that we need are changes that are good for Britain and good for Europe, they involve treaty change … proper full-on treaty change for that matter.”

There will be no treaty change.

To opt out from ‘ever closer union’ in the treaties:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“Britain will not support being part of an ever closer union.”

This requires a treaty change and we now know there will be no treaty change. The “undertaking” obtained has no legality within the EU. As Lambsdorff (vice President EU Parliament) states the agreement is “in no way a document of the European Union, but a text of hybrid character, which is unspecified and not legally binding. The whole thing is nothing more than a deal that has been hammered out down the local bazaar.”

To block further EU integration:

Andrew Marr show Cameron Oct 2012

“Britain will not support … being dragged into a state called Europe.”

Requires current treaty change and/or vetoing future treaty provision, which would not prevent all other willing states integrating further. There is the question of the future of the veto as QMV encroaches further into the voting process.

To reform the Common Agricultural Policy:

2015 Conservative manifesto and Conservative European election manifesto 2014

continue to “further reform the Common Agricultural Policy .” … “We are passionately committed to reforming the CAP further.“

“We will press for … further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and Structural funds.”

This is no longer a point of discussion. Neither are the structural funds.

To limit the powers of the European Court of Justice:

Cameron speech on EU 04/11/2009

“We will want to prevent EU judges gaining steadily greater control over our criminal justice system by negotiating an arrangement which would protect it.
That will mean limiting the European Court of Justice’s jurisdiction over criminal law to its pre-Lisbon level, and ensuring that only British authorities can initiate criminal investigations in Britain.”

This is no longer a point of discussion, requires treaty change.

To secure an opt out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights:

Conservative party manifesto 2010

“A Conservative government will negotiate … on the Charter of Fundamental Rights … to return powers that we believe should reside with the UK, not the EU.”

This is no longer a point of discussion, requires treaty change

To opt out of the EU Social Chapter to return social and employment legislation to UK:

Conservative European election manifesto 2014

“A Conservative government will negotiate … on social and employment legislation … to return powers that we believe should reside with the UK not the EU.”

This is no longer a point of discussion. An attempt was made by Cameron in 2016 touring capitals of the EU (at great expense) which most of us have only heard of in pub quizzes. His claims of a (very minor) agreement were ridiculed by many including Lambsdorff (above) and the HoC library.

To cut EU red tape:

Conservative European election manifesto 2014

“Cut red tape to reduce the costs to all businesses by at least £1 billion by 2019.”

Ongoing, but no concrete proposals. The EU is reducing the number of regulations by combining them into larger units. There is no cost reduction yet.

Small (SME) Businesses Promise:

Cameron’s 2013 Bloomberg speech on Britain’s future with the European Union.

“I want us to be pushing to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives. “

Ongoing, but yet again no concrete proposals.

As there are 20,000 unregulated large corporate lobbyists in Brussels with unfettered and unrecorded access to the EU Commission, its members and its myriad of committees pressing for increases in legislation, the outlook for SMEs within the EU is, to say the least, gloomy.

To amend the Working Time Directives:

H.of C. Hansard 2012

“ The Health and Business Secretaries are committed to revising the [Working Time] Directive at EU level to give the NHS the flexibility it needs to deliver the best and safest service to patients. We will work urgently to bring that about.”

This is no longer a point of discussion.

To Break the formal link between Britain and the European Court of Human Rights:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“The next Conservative government will scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights. This will break the formal link between British courts and the E.C.H.R.”

Delayed (indefinitely) by Cameron. Will probably require treaty change as all EU states are bound by the findings of the court.

To introduce a “Red Card” system:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We want national parliaments to be able to work together to block unwanted European legislation”

A promise of an unworkable QMV system which will see the UK in a minority as it has been at governmental level (Council) without exception in the past. Requires treaty change.

To Prevent the further flow of powers to the EU and stopping interference:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“No to a constant flow of power to Brussels. No to unnecessary interference.”

This is no longer a point of discussion.

To introduce more transparency:

H.of C. Hansard 20th December, 2010, Cameron

“As I have argued before, we should be making more progress on transparency and using it as a weapon to shine a light on the EU budget and some of the disastrous ways in which it is spent.”

This is no longer a point of discussion.

It is of interest that if a MEP wishes to consult an EU TTIP document he or she must do so in a closed room accessed through artificially smoked corridors. They may only take in a pencil, all cameras, phones and other electronic devices are to be left outside. The content of the papers may not be communicated to other people.

To cut the number of EU institutions:

Cameron’s 2013 Bloomberg speech on Britain’s future with the European Union.

“That means creating a leaner, less bureaucratic Union … can we really justify the huge number of expensive peripheral European institutions?”

This is no longer a point of discussion. Requires treaty change.

To protect the UK from further Eurozone integration:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will not let the integration of the Eurozone jeopardise the integrity of the single market or in any way disadvantage the UK”

There is an acknowledgement that the Euro is not the only EU currency, (apparent to any observer with eyes and a brain), anything further requires treaty change.

To safeguard the City from EU rules:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will resist EU attempts to restrict legitimate financial services activities.”

This is no longer a specific point of discussion. Has arisen within the Eurozone agenda. Requires treaty change. It is very apparent that future regulation will attempt to move business from London to Frankfurt and Paris.

EU migrants must reside in UK for four years before claiming benefits:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will insist that EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefits must live in and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years.”

Requires treaty change. Cameron had a minor change in his recent negotiations which he claimed was legally enforcible. EU politicians have a different opinion.

To change the entitlement of EU migrants to social housing:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will introduce a new residency requirement for social housing, so that EU migrants cannot even be considered for a council house unless they have been living in an area for at least four years.”

Requires treaty change.

To require EU migrants to have a job offer before arriving:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“to reduce the number of EU migrants coming into Britain, we will end the ability of EU jobseekers to claim any job seeking benefits at all. And if jobseekers have not found a job within six months, they will be required to leave.”

This is no longer a point of discussion. Requires treaty change.

To prevent EU migrants receiving child benefit/tax credit for overseas children:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“If an EU migrant’s child is living abroad they should receive no child benefit or child tax credit, no matter how long they have worked in the UK and no matter how much tax they have paid.

Again, an unenforcible and complex change was negotiated. Requires treaty change.

To get stronger powers to deport criminals and bans on those who abuse free movement:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will negotiate with the EU to introduce stronger powers to deport criminals and stop them coming back, and tougher and longer re-entry bans for all those who abuse free movement.”

Impossible while British law is subservient to the ECJ and ECHR. Requires treaty change.

To lower EU spending:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We will press for lower EU spending.”

This is no longer a point of discussion.

To cut UK contributions to the EU:

H of C Hansard 1st November, 2010 Cameron

“The national interest is about restricting our contributions to the EU.”

This is no longer a point of discussion.

To secure more EU free trade deals:

2015 Conservative manifesto

“We have … kicked off negotiations for a massive EU trade deal with the USA, which could be worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. We will build on this.”

TTIP will take many years and will be worth little even if it overcomes the rising of popular sentiment opposing it.

This is an interesting document comparing the performance of a small independent European country with the EU in its ability to negotiate FTAs.

and Cameron’s 2013 Bloomberg speech on Britain’s future with the European Union.

I want us to be at the forefront of transformative trade deals with the US, Japan and India

Still waiting — the ongoing negotiations with India are now indefinitely shelved.

To regain control from Brussels over specific areas of law and crime:

Cameron’s 2013 Bloomberg speech on Britain’s future with the European Union

“we need to examine whether the balance is right in so many areas where the European Union has legislated including on the environment, social affairs and crime.”

This is no longer a point of discussion. Requires treaty change.

and March 2007 Cameron’s Brussels speech to the Movement for European Reform:

“I do not believe it is appropriate for social and employment legislation to be dealt with at the European level.”

This is no longer a point of discussion. Requires treaty change

To abolish the wasteful EU Parliament second seat in Strasbourg:

Conservative European Election Manifesto 2009

Conservatives will “… force a vote on making Brussels the permanent, full-time home of the Parliament.”

The entire kit and caboodle is loaded onto trains and the entire entourage of many thousands is shunted between the two centres.

This is no longer a point of discussion. Requires treaty change. The French are most unlikely to agree.

Cameron has shown his utter disdain for our fishing industry and the coastal towns and villages affected by disastrous EU policy by not indicating any reform requirement in this industry and releasing our fishing waters from Brussels’ inept management.

Meanwhile we have heard nothing on the things the people of a sovereign state would want to do:

Being able to control our own trade agreements at WTO

Prevention of British law being subverted into corpus juris

Power to introduce a British Bill of Rights

Prevent our money being used in bail outs of other countries

Regain our own seat on the many world bodies where the EU assumes competency and the UK voice is unheard including UNECE, Codex Alimentarius, IPPC, OIE, ILO, WTO, IMO, Basel 2 Codex, UNEF and many other top level organisations.

I do not pretend this is a complete list and for now focus has been diverted to more current happenings. Of course if there should be a Remain vote this list could once again be brought to the attention of the UK public.

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