Cameron/Tusk deadlock means no peace in our tea-time

Donald Tusk and David Cameron met in Downing Street on Sunday evening [Image: PA].

David Cameron will have to learn the hard way that the European Union is not interested in appeasing the United Kingdom over in-work benefits for migrant workers.

This Blog stated yesterday that it was unlikely Mr Tusk would be returning to Brussels, waving a piece of paper in the air and shouting about “peace in our time”.

Straw-clutching Cameron was left proclaiming that prolonging negotiations by a day was a good result.

One is agog to see what miracle he hopes to work in the extra hours.

European Council president Donald Tusk has left a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron declaring there is “no deal” yet over a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with the EU.

It had been planned that any proposed deal could be put to other EU leaders on Monday, ahead of a February summit.

An early deal would allow Mr Cameron to call a referendum on the UK’s EU membership before the summer holidays.

Mr Cameron and Mr Tusk met over dinner at Downing Street on Sunday.

However, Mr Cameron later said on Twitter that it had been a “good meeting” and that Mr Tusk had agreed to another 24 hours of talks before publishing the draft UK renegotiation text.

According to an EU source, Mr Tusk’s negotiating team stayed in Downing Street after the meeting.

After the 24-hour period has passed, the team will assess the situation and decide whether to table a draft agreement or not.

Source: ‘No EU deal yet’ for David Cameron and Donald Tusk – BBC News

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4 thoughts on “Cameron/Tusk deadlock means no peace in our tea-time

  1. Suzanne Smith

    This country would be awful if we leave the EU. The only reason some Tories and ex Tories in UKIP want to leave the EU is because it’s stopping them from mistreating British people, for only the few at the top to benefit.
    It’s really sad how all most people remember about politics is the last Tory propaganda headline they read, and don’t remember what actually happened. That’s why so many actually believe the Tories when they blame others for what they have done.
    Like how the Tories first got us into the European market because they thought it would only be good for their upper class friends and corporate donors.
    As soon as there were directives good for most people, such as allowing workers enough breaks at work and making companies label GM food, the Tories started making the world hate us, to turn us into a USA state.
    Many actually think all the ex Tories in the UKIP will suddenly start caring about British people. If it’s about jobs, why is Nigel Farage employing his foreign wife on tax payers expenses, to increase his household finances, and hides his money in tax havens?
    The Tories and all the ex-Tories in the UKIP would sell off our whole society, if it made their tax dodging corporate donors who live in tax havens more money. UKIP joined Tories in voting for reducing tax credits from the lowest paid.
    UKIP’s main policy is to get rid of human rights, and it’s sad how many people really think that’s only about terrorists, when it will be average British people who are mistreated. There are already exceptions against national security, which is why Abu Hamza failed in his case.
    Don’t forget that the Tories tried to vote against Labour’s House of Lords reform to reduce most hereditary Lords, as the Tories wanted their upper class friends to be entitled to be paid for doing nothing.
    Then around the same time the Tories tried to vote against Labour’s first ever minimum wage.
    Now the HofL isn’t full of self entitled upper class twits, the Tories want to reduce its power.
    The Tories and all the ex-Tories in the UKIP couldn’t care about what’s best for most people.
    The Tories used the police as their personal army against people wanting to keep their jobs, lying that ship building would go over to third world countries, when it’s now mainly in rich countries like Japan.
    Then when the only hope many had in communities destroyed by Tories was a part time job in Tescos, the Tories kick them down even more.

  2. casalealex

    European summit chief Donald Tusk left Downing Street last night, ducked detailed questions and swiftly sent a Tweet (how very 21st century) that there was ‘no deal’ on the PM’s EU demands. This morning, I’m told No.10 officials (whom we love to call ‘sherpas’ ahead of summits) left on pre-dawn trips to Brussels for a final 24 hours of further negotiation.

    Is the glass half full or half empty? Well the PM’s team tell me there was a ‘significant breakthrough’ on the crucial issue of getting Brussels to agree the UK’s current EU net migration level of 180,000 a year would meet the criteria for an ‘emergency brake’ on benefits to be applied.

    But there are sticking points. David Cameron wants the brake to be applied for seven years. The European Commission wants it to be active for two years, and then renewable for a further period of two years, but only after a unanimous vote of EU leaders. Another unresolved item is abuse of free movement, where the UK wants more substantive proposals including closing backdoor routes to Britain which have enabled non-EU illegal migrants to stay in Britain in recent years.

    The FT reports a further fly in the ointment, with French officials last week circulating a secret paper to negotiators in Brussels and Berlin, laying down two red lines: no new rights to be created for non-euro countries, and no veto powers that prevent the eurozone from taking decisions to integrate or manage an emergency.

    No10 sources are playing it straight for now, insisting there has been progress on all four areas the PM wants and ‘a shift of gear’ since the Juncker meeting on Friday. “It comes down to the next 24 hours,” says one. John Redwood told Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last night that the latest noise amounted to “huffing and puffing” and “tinkering at the edges”.


  3. NMac

    Cameron is, as President Obama once said, a political lightweight. This is a problem entirely of his own making.

  4. Michael Broadhurst

    CaMoron will get nothing out of Europe,as our population already knows,so we already know what his latest pack of lies will be about.

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