19.01.16

Cameron ponders boosting British parliament's sovereignty in EU

"We already asserted the sovereignty of parliament back in 2010," Cameron tells BBC. "If it is necessary to do that again ... we will."

Cameron wants to make clear that parliament is sovereign

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said in a radio interview that he will look at doing more to change domestic law to assert the sovereignty of Britain's parliament within the European Union. "We already asserted the sovereignty of parliament back in 2010 when we passed our referendum act so no power can be passed from Britain to Brussels without there being a referendum," Cameron told BBC Radio. "If it is necessary to do that again in more detail to make it even clearer to people that our parliament is sovereign we will ... I think there is a good case for it and so we will look very carefully at that."

Meanwhile, Germany’s Deputy Finance Minister Jens Spahn said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that Cameron is raising “some right questions” in seeking to limit welfare-state benefits for immigrants from other EU member states, “We want the U.K. to stay in the European Union and we want to support the United Kingdom wherever we can to make it possible,” Spahn explained in the interview.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said last week he was confident the EU would be able to reach a deal with Britain on a reform of the European Union, Politico reported. “I am quite sure we will have a deal — not a compromise, a solution, a permanent solution — in February,” Juncker said according to Politico. Cameron wants to reform Britain's relationship with the EU before a membership referendum due by the end of 2017. The cep, however, believes that Cameron will not be able to push through major reform changes in his negotiations with the leaders of the other EU member states.