UK in Europe

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By Phillip Souta At the end of a low-key European Council meeting last week, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that Britain had formed an ‘unprecedented alliance’ of like-minded states focused on boosting growth through completion of the single market and other reforms. The 20 February letter co-signed by him and 11 other EU leaders… » read more

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The new campaign group to promote professional lobbying has condemned the UK government’s consultation on a new statutory register of lobbyists as “shameful”. The government proposes to introduce a statutory register applying only to multi-client lobbying companies, exempting many others engaged in lobbying. The only explanation for this move given is that the clients represented… » read more

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By Darren Ennis (from MHP Communications, Brussels) Plans for a European Union-wide Financial Transaction Tax are taking shape with battle lines drawn between member states ahead of the crunch EU leaders’ summit at the end of the month. The FTT has become the latest chapter in the bitter dispute between London and Brussels with David… » read more

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By Ronald Stewart Brown Tensions have already risen on both sides of the Channel following David Cameron’s recent rejection of any new treaty which did not give the UK reasonable safeguards against damaging new single market and financial services regulation. These tensions can only rise further. Three years from now, a new voting system will… » read more

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I greatly welcome the publication by Open Europe of their paper on repatriating EU Social Policy. You can view the report here. It is of fundamental importance to the jobs and growth agenda in the UK, and is unique in that it quantifies the cost to the UK economy of complying with EU Social Policy… » read more

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Britain is now isolated as the only EU country to walk away from negotiations to rework the Lisbon treaty in order to save the euro. Simon Hix argues that David Cameron has chosen to take a disastrous course of action that imperils both the economic health and political sustainability of the UK. At the EU… » read more