EX-MINISTER Iain Duncan Smith has said that Germany had a “de facto veto” over Cameron’s EU renegotiations.
In an interview with the Sun newspaper, he explained that the prime minister ditched plans in 2014 to demand an emergency brake on migration after Germany objected.
Whilst on the other hand, Downing Street said that controls it negotiated on in-work benefits for EU migrants were a “more effective” way forward.
This new revelation comes as the British Chamber of Commerce survey suggests that most business people do not want a Brexit and back the Remain campaign, even though the gap with those backing leave has narrowed.
Here is a list of other EU referendum campaign developments:
- Madeleine Albright and Leon Panetta plus 13 former US secretaries of state, defence and national security advisers, have said in a letter to the Times that the UK’s “place and influence” in the world would be diminished if it left the EU – and Europe would be “dangerously weakened.”
- The UK would lose influence and “give succour to its enemies” by leaving the EU, five former heads of Nato have claimed countering Boris Johnson’s dismissal as scaremongering.
- Jeremy Corbyn is to launch his party’s campaign and has said Labour votes will be critical if the Remain side is to win
- Sir Nicholas Soames Tory MP told the BBC Newsnight he believes his grandfather Winston Churchill would have voted to stay in the EU, although not all the Leave supporters believe that
- Scottish Remain campaign is being launched in Edinburgh.
The former Conservative leader, Iain Duncan-Smith, who resigned from his position as work and pensions secretary last month in a dispute over disability benefit cuts, described the compromises made as “very marginal” and commented that now the UK had lost its veto in Europe on future fiscal and political integration within the Eurozone.
His outspoken attack proposed that the PM had “failed” in trying to renegotiate a better deal in Europe during his talks in February.
He told the Sun: “The EU knew that our veto was very powerful and we have given it away.”
“The reform failed. We got nothing on border control at all. We are now in a worse position than we were before.
“We have gone from wanting to lead in Europe to being on the end of a lead in Europe.”
A number 10 source said in response to the comments: “The prime minister made clear at the time that the government had looked at an emergency brake but he decided it was not the most effective way forward.
“That is why he decided to impose restrictions on benefits instead to end the something-for-nothing culture.”