London Mayor calls for new UK relationship with EU

LONDON Tue Dec 4, 2012 4:27am EST

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LONDON Dec 4 (Reuters) - London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that the euro had turned into a calamitous project and that the British people should now be given a referendum on whether they want to stay in an EU single market.

Speaking at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event in London, Johnson said Britain's relationship with the European Union should be renegotiated around the single market, to focus on free trade and fewer barriers.

"The euro is a calamitous project," he said in a speech in London. "We should use the opportunity of the Treaty changes - perhaps over the banking union - to convene an IGC in which we bring Britain's membership in line with what people want.

"Boil it down to the single market. That is a renegotiated Treaty we could and should put to the vote of the British people," he said.

"It is high time that we had a referendum, and it would be a very simple question. Do you want to stay in the EU single market - yes or no?"

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LuS wrote:
The real project is not the Euro, it is to keep a peaceful, united, prosperous and inclusive Continent. The project is called Europe. Maybe the rules of the game can be understood as the rules of any Club around the world. Once you become a member, you are bound to be loyal and follow the decisions taken. You cannot have the best of both worlds, it does not exist. It is either in, and you accept to share this adventure with the rest of us, or out, and then you let the rest of us decide what we want to do (thank you!). So, it is either accepting that the majority rules, or join Norway and Switzerland, that by the way are very happy to share in the Single Market through the European Economic Area. As for your dubious jeu de mots on the name of the French Minister, it’s a sliding path, Boris…

Dec 05, 2012 3:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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