Major: This is our chance to win back power from the EU
Last updated at 12:14 AM on 10th October 2011
the wake of the eurozone crisis would allow Britain to renegotiate its
relationship with Brussels – particularly on employment issues
Sir John Major – who as prime minister signed
up to the Maastricht Treaty – has joined calls for a renegotiation of Britain’s
relationship with Brussels.
His intervention piles further pressure on
David Cameron to use the crisis in the eurozone to demand powers back from the
The former premier caused surprise in Tory
circles by saying yesterday that now is the time to insist on ‘looser’ ties with
At the Conservative conference last week, Mr
Cameron said he wanted to claw back powers from Brussels, but suggested it would
have to wait for negotiations over a new treaty, which might be several years
The Prime Minister signalled to around 120
Conservative MPs in a new Eurosceptic grouping that the debt crisis engulfing
the eurozone and threatening the British economy must take
Sir John, however, said there could be a ‘much
more speedy’ opportunity to renegotiate, particularly on issues affecting
employment law and regulation of the City.
He claimed it was likely that Europe was
heading towards a ‘federal state within the eurozone’.
‘At some stage there will be another treaty
because if there is fiscal union in Europe it changes our relationship to
Europe,’ he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme. ‘It gives an opportunity for
two things. Firstly it gives us an opportunity to negotiate for the looser form
of Europe that I would have liked to have seen in the 1990s.
‘I think there are some areas that are worth
looking at. Fishing is one. I think there are some elements of employment law…
things like the working time directive, which I think is a very foolish piece of