01-02-16

British government sees "breakthrough" on issue of "emergency brake"

According to The Times, however, Brussels is digging in against a move to allow the “emergency brake” to be applied for longer than four years, while Cameron is insisting that he wants it to last for at least seven years

British Prime Minister Cameron (l.), EU Council President Tusk

The British government said Monday that, although there had been “a breakthrough” on the issue of the “emergency brake” at the meeting of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and EU Council President Donald Tusk, there was “a lot still to do,” The Guardian reported. According to The Times, Brussels is digging in against a move to allow the “emergency brake” to be applied for longer than four years, while Cameron is insisting that he wants it to last for at least seven years.

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 he will not be able to push through major reform changes in his negotiations with the leaders of the other EU member states.