Here’s a misleading headline if ever there was one! The Guardian seems to want readers to think the government will opt to leave the EU unless its plan for change is agreed by the other member states.
In fact, Eurosceptic Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s view referred to the electorate’s position:
Foreign secretary believes Britons will opt to leave union unless EU leaders agree to changes and that in/out referendum campaign could launch in spring 2016
According to the latest opinion polls, it’s an inaccurate claim. More than half of those who have been asked still believe it is better to stay in the European Union.
The prime minister is planning to demand change in four broad areas. He wants to:
Bar unemployed EU migrants from claiming benefits and force EU migrants in work to wait four years before claiming in-work benefits. This will be resisted in Warsaw
Hand the UK an optout from the “ever closer union” declaration
Ensure that EU member states outside the eurozone, such as the UK, could not have changes to the rules of the single market imposed on them by eurozone countries
Give national parliaments the right to club together to block new legislative proposals.
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