The Prime Minister today set out his vision for Britain and its place in the European Union. Read the speech.
In a major speech given at Bloomberg, he explained that three major challenges exist for the EU:
- problems in the Eurozone which lacks the right governance and structures
- a crisis of European competitiveness as other nations in the world soar ahead
- a gap between the EU and its citizens which represents a lack of democratic accountability that is felt acutely in Britain
‘Fundamental, far reaching change’ is needed, explained the Prime Minister – built on principles of competitiveness, flexibility, power flowing back to member states, democratic accountability and fairness.
He concluding by telling the audience gathered in central London:
“With courage and conviction I believe we can deliver a more flexible, adaptable and open European Union in which the interests and ambitions of all its members can be met.
“With courage and conviction I believe we can achieve a new settlement in which Britain can be comfortable and all our countries can thrive.
“[…] Because I believe something very deeply. That Britain’s national interest is best served in a flexible, adaptable and open European Union and that such a European Union is best with Britain in it. “