Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, joins Simon Budden to discuss British plans for EU reform and the looming referendum on EU membership.
As the most senior elected Conservative politician in the EU, Kamall will play a major role as the newly re-elected David Cameron attempts EU reform, before putting the new settlement to a referendum in Britain. The details of the reform are beginning to emerge, with Mr Kamall keen for cultural change. “We’ve got to get away from the idea,” he says, “that whatever the problem, the solution is always more Europe, more legislation and more spending.”
Changes to benefits and the relationship between eurozone and non-eurozone countries look likely as he says “this won’t just be a shopping list for Mr Cameron,” underlining that the negotiating process “offers an opportunity for the whole EU to reform.” However, there are also concerns that the issue of Europe could pull the British Conservatives apart, as it has done in the past.
“We’ve got to get away from the idea that, whatever the problem, the solution is always more Europe, more legislation and more spending.” tweet