Suggested  Interventions  

  Headline:     Does  the  Prime  Minister  still  believe  that  a  change  to  the  EU  Treaties,  with  some  safeguards  on  the   single  market,  is  still  the  best  outcome  for  the  UK?  And  if  so,  what  plans  does  he  have  to  pursue  this   and  reverse  the  isolation  that  the  UK  now  finds  itself  in?       Would   the   Prime   Minister   be   prepared   to   return   to   the   negotiating   table   over   securing   an   EU   treaty   change,   which   he   himself   has   said   is   his   preferred   outcome,   so   long   as   some   safeguards   can   be   secured  on  the  single  market?     Given  the  single  market  and  competiveness  safeguards  that  are  provided  through  the  EU  treaties  for   the  use  of  EU  institutions,  does  the  Prime  Minister  believe  that  allowing  the  institutions  to  link  with   the   new   intergovernmental   agreement   between   26   of   the   27   member   states   is   in   the   national   interest  or  not?       The  reports  I  hear  from  Brussels  are  that  Nicholas  Sarkozy  was  deeply  opposed  to  the  linking  of  the   intergovernmental  Treaty  to  the  EU  institutions.  Does  the  Prime  Minister  not  agree  that   allowing  for   this   link   is   vital   means   to   ensure   that   the   26   member   states   do   not   make   decisions   amongst   themselves   that   affect   UK   national   interests   and   that   will   help   to   safeguard   the   rights   of   the   UK   as   a   full  EU  member  state?       There  is  a  lot  of  confusion  and  myths  floating  about  over  what  happened  at  the  weekend.  For  the   avoidance  of  doubt,  can  the  Prime  Minister  confirm  that  at  no  point  in  the  Summit  was  the  UK  being   asked   to   transfer   any   powers   of   competences?   That   the   UK   was   simply   being   asked   to   allow   Eurozone   countries   to   amend   the   Treaties   to   allow   them   to   improve   the   fiscal   coordination?   And   that   there   was   nothing   in   the   deal   that   would   have   obliged   the   UK   to   agree   to   an   EU   financial   transaction  tax?       Does   the   Prime   Minister   believe   that   the   fallout   from   the   summit,   is   that   the   UK   has   so   badly   damaged   relations   with   our   core   European   partners   that   we   will   find   it   more   difficult   now   than   ever   to  build  the  alliances  we  need  to  secure  British  national  interests?       Can  the  Prime  Minister  name  another  time  in  time  in  history  where  the  UK  has  found  itself  isolated   in  Europe  by  a  factor  of  26  to  1?    What  implications  does  the  Prime  Minister  think  this  will  have  for   how  the  UK  is  viewed  in  Washington  who  have  always  looked  to  the  UK  as  a  key  partner,  precisely   because  of  our  influence  on  the  continent?       While  Thatcher  was  not  exactly  a  fan  of  the  EU,  she  never  left  Britain’s  chair  empty  as  she  knew  that   British  interests  could  only  be  pursued  by  having  a  strong  British  voice  at  the  table.  How  does  the   Prime  Minister  plan  to  ensure  that  the  UK  continues  to  have  a  strong  British  voice  at  the  European   table  in  future?       What   does   the   Prime   Minister   say   in   response   to   a   poll   in   the   Times   today   that   shows   that   shows   that   56%   of   the   public   believe   that   the   UK   will   be   less   influential   in   the   EU   as   a   result   of   26   other   member  states  manoeuvring  around  the  UK?       Rather  than  protect  British  interests,  does  the  Prime  Minister  not  think  that  he  has  effectively  gone   to   Brussels,   snubbed   and   angered   26   of   our   closest   allies,   brought   back   no   safeguards   whatsoever   and  left  the  UK  a  diminished  force  in  the  EU?      

Eurozone:   While   I   am   concerned   about   the   longer   term   impact   of   the   decision   to   veto   a   Treaty   deal,   the   number   one   immediate   concern   threat   to   the   British   economy   remains   the   possibility   of   a   Eurozone   collapse?  Does  the  Prime  Minister  believe  that  the  deal  agreed  at  the  Summit  is  enough?  And  what   action  is  he  considering  for  the  UK  to  do  to  help  a  collapse  of  the  single  currency,  and  the  appalling   economic  consequences  that  would  have  for  the  British  economy?       The  Prime  Minister  and  I  agree  that  the  Eurozone  crisis  remains  the  most  serious  threat  to  the  UK   economy   at   present.   But   by   not   allowing   the   Eurozone   to   use   the   EU   Treaties   and   EU   institutions,   does  he  believe  he  helped  or  hindered  the  resolution  to  the  Eurozone  crisis?       City  of  London  Safer?       Rather   than   protecting   the   City   of   London,   does   the   Prime   Minister   not   believe   that   he   has   made   significantly   more   vulnerable?   We   have   no   extra   safeguards,   our   allies   our   furious   with   us   and   we   now  have  no  seat  at  the  table  where  many  of  the  decisions  that  will  affect  the  City  can  be  made?   How  does  he  propose  to  get  the  UK,  and  the  City  of  London,  out  of  the  ditch  he  has  dug  for  us?       Can   the   Prime   Minister   name   a   single   EU   financial   services   regulation   or   directive   that   the   UK   has   voted  against?    I  think  there  will  be  very  few,  if  any.  In  which  case,  what  was  the  huge  threat  that  the   Prime  Minister  to  the  City  that  he  was  so  concerned  about?  And  does  he  not  think  that  he  has  made   the  likelihood  of  us  being  outvoted  in  the  future  more  not  less  likely?       Does   the   Prime   Minister   believe   that   the   prospects   for   safeguarding   the   interests   of   the   financial   services  industry  in  the  UK  are  now  stronger  or  weaker,  and  can  he  explain  why?       What  threats  to  the  City  of  London  does  the  Prime  Minister  believe  that  he  has  now  protected  the   City  of  London  from  as  a  result  of  refusing  to  allow  a  change  to  the  EU  Treaties  and  forcing  them  to   pursue  a  separate  Treaty  among  26  other  member  states?       Does  the  Prime  Minister  think  that  the  City  of  London  is  really  safer  as  a  result  of  removing  the  UK   from  the  negotiating  table  and  giving  the  green  light  to  Sarkozy  to  push  the  25  others  others  towards   an  intergovernmental  setup  without  us?       Does   the   Prime   Minister   agree   with   Tom   Brown,   from   the   Norddeutsche   Landesbank,   one   of   the   many  large  European  banks  with  a  very  sizeable  presence  in  the  City  of  London,  that  the  City  would   be  finished  if  it  were  not  in  the  Single  Market?  What  message  does  he  have  for  those  many  banks   and  financial  institutions  in  the  City  that  are  nervous  about  the  implications  of  his  decision  to  block   EU  treaty  change  for  them?       The  Prime  Minister  should  be  aware  that  as  a  result  of  the  outcome  of  the  Summit,  Sharon  Bowles   MEP,  Chair  of   the   Economic  &  Monetary  Affairs  Committee   and  of  the  most  influential  British  voices   on  EU  financial  services  legislation  may  lose  her  Chairmanship  of  that  Committee?  Is  this  not  another   example  of,  rather  than  protecting  the  City  of  London,  the  Prime  Minister  has  left  it  exposed?           Broader  Single  Market:   As  a  result  of  his  decision  on  Friday,  there  is  a  significant  risk  that  the  26  other  member  states  of  the   EU  will  be  meeting  on  a  regular  basis  to  discuss  economic  and  business  matters,  many  of  which  will   affect   the   single   market.   How   then,   does   he   plan   to   ensure   that   Britain’s   voice   is   heard   in   those  

discussions   and   that   we   can   continue   to   retain   our   full   influence   and   ability   to   pursue   the   British   national  interest,  as  one  of  the  biggest  member  states  in  the  Union?       The   UK,   under   Margaret   Thatcher,   was   at   the   forefront   of   driving   forward   the   single   market   programme,   in   particular   by   introducing   qualified   majority   voting,   which   has   led   to   the   dramatic   removal  of  barriers  to  free  trade  within  the  EU  and  delivered  an  extra  £3,000  in  income  per  British   household  per  year.  How  does  the  Prime  Minister  plan  to  pursue  further  jobs  and  growth  in  the  UK   through   deepening   and   expanding   the   single   market   if   the   UK   is   not   at   the   table   for   many   of   the   key   discussions?         Does  the  Prime  Minister  not  think  that,  with  the  EU-­‐26  now  meeting  regularly  to  discuss  economic   and  business  matters,  the  ability  to  pursue  the  UK’s  interests,  particularly  on  the  single  market,  are   now  severely  reduced?  How  does  he  consider  this  to  be  in  the  UK’s  national  interest?       How  can  the  Prime  Minister  reassure  those  businesses  around  the  UK,  many  of  whom  are  concerned   that   his   decision   on   Friday   to   remove   the   UK   from   the   table   and   encourage   26   others   to   go   on   around   us   will,   over   time,   damage   the   ability   of   the   British   Government   to   pursue   the   national   interests  in  the  future?       The  UK  is  a  globally  attractive  destination  for  foreign  direct  investment  for  many  reasons.  But  chief   among   them   is   the   fact   that   we   are   part   of   and   highly   influential   over   the   world’s   largest   single   market.   If   our   influence   over   the   single   market   is   put   in   doubt   as   a   result   of   being   increasingly   isolated   in   Europe   and   absent   from   the   key   discussions,   what   impact   does   he   think   that   will   have   on   the  UK’s  ability  to  attract  global  investment  in  the  future?       International  Standing:     The  UK  has  long  stood  tall  in  Washington  because  of  our  influence   on  the  continent.  What  impact   does  he  think  that  being  isolated  by  26  to  1  will  have  on  the  special  relationship  with  the  US?       How   important   does   the   Prime   Minister   believe   our   relations   in   the   continent   are   for   pursuing   British   foreign   policy   interests,   and   what   impact   does   he   believe   a   permanent   divide,   should   it   emerge,   between   the   UK   and   the   other   EU   26   member   states   would   be   for   our   ability   to   pursue   our   foreign  policy  interests  in  the  future?       Contrasting  Diplomatic  Styles:   When   the   Prime   Minister   compares   the   constructive   and   positive   diplomatic   leadership   shown   by   the  Energy  &  Climate  Change  Department,  working  with  EU  partners  to  secure  a  superb  deal  at  the   UNFCCC   Meeting   in   Durban   over   the   weekend,   with   his   own   performance   at   EU   summits   of   late,   what   conclusions   does   he   draw   about   the   best   way   to   pursue   the   British   national   interest   in   the   future?       When  the  Prime  Minister  compares  the  constructive  and  positive  diplomacy  of  Business  Department   which  has  led  to  the  new  commitment  by  the  Commission  to  exclude  all  micro-­‐businesses  from  all   new   EU   regulations,   the   EU   patent,   a   uniquely   ambitious   free   trade   deal   with   South   Korea   and   substantial  progress  on  digital  and  services  sector    liberalisation,  with  his  own  performance  on  the   European   stage   of   late,   what   conclusions   does   he   draw   about   the   best   way   to   pursue   the   British   national  interest  in  the  future?       What  effect  does  the  Prime  Minister  believe  the  very  serious  spat  we  saw  on  Thursday  and  Friday   with  President  Sarkozy  has  for  the  bilateral  defence  cooperation,  which  he  has  said  is  important  for   British  defence  and  security  interests?    

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