PM Smells Victory in First EU Reforms Talk


Prime Minister David Cameron is all set to bag his first victory in talks over EU reforms as National Parliaments to get power to veto on Unwanted EU Laws

Prime Minister David Cameron paying tributes to the unknown soldier's memorial at Warsaw in Poland (File)Downing Street sources disclosed to BBC that national parliaments will get new powers to block “unwanted” EU laws as part of the UK’s renegotiations with Brussels.

The demand is one of the key part of the EU reforms agenda of Prime Minister David Cameron.

To trigger the so-called “red card”, at least 55% of the EU’s national parliaments would have to join forces. The measure is expected to be included in the draft deal being presented by EU Council president Donald Tusk later.

Downing Street sources said David Cameron had “delivered on a manifesto commitment” to secure the “explicit agreement”, which could be activated up to 12 weeks after a new law had been proposed.. Mr Tusk’s draft agreement, to be put forward on Tuesday, follows months of talks between UK and EU officials.

The EU leaders will discuss the draft on 18 and 19 February. If agreement is secured at the summit, it could pave the way for the UK’s in/out referendum to be held in June.