10-06-15

Britain again stresses its desire for EU treaty change

The cep, however, believes it is unlikely that a new EU treaty would be ratified in the 28 member states in time for Britain to hold its planned in/out referendum

Hammond with his EU counterpart Mogherini

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has stressed that the UK needs changes to the EU treaties to protect the reforms it is seeking from being challenged in European courts. “We think some of the changes in particular that we're demanding around availability of welfare benefits for new migrants from the EU can only be sustained against judicial attack in the European Courts by treaty change,” Hammond said in an interview with the BBC. The cep, however, believes it is unlikely that a new EU treaty would be ratified in the 28 EU member states in time for Britain to hold its planned in/out referendum.