Cameron leaves UK isolated

Glenis Willmott, MEP for the East Midlands, and Labours leader in the EU, is dismayed at David Cameron’s decision to isolate the UK from the rest of Europe.

Mrs Willmott said:

“For two and a half years Cameron’s policy in the EU has led to Britain’s isolation. It was tragic to see the evidence of lost British influence at last week’s summit,”

“We are an international trading economy and Cameron’s anti-Europeanism and kow-towing to his back-benchers has excluded Britain from the top table”

“Last week’s meeting was a disaster for the British economy and business. We should not be vetoing at the side-lines, we should be there at the centre shaping the future of the interlinked European economies”

“Since the eighties, British Governments have avoided a ‘two-tier Europe’ where Britain is left out on the periphery. Cameron has undone that work”

“No-one is calling for Britain to join the euro, or to implement any legislation where we have an opt-out.  We simply want to see British interests defended at the heart of Europe,”

As part of David Cameron’s campaign to become Conservative Party Leader he promised to take the Conservative MEPs out of the mainstream Centre Right EPP block in the European Parliament.  In 2009, Conservative MEPs left the EPP and set up the ECR, a fringe group in the European Parliament.

Mrs Willmott went on to say:

“It has been tragic for Britain watching our country lose influence in the European Parliament and European affairs generally,”

“Cameron failed to build alliances before the summit; instead he chose to worry about irrelevant carping Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers here in the UK”

“In real terms this lack of influence means a loss of jobs in the East Midlands, and a drop in living standards all over the UK. Britain is a trading nation that relies heavily on international export and import agreements. Our biggest export market by far is the Eurozone,”

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