Prime Minister David Cameron praised Germen Chancellor Angela Merkel for her initiative to reform EU and pins hopes on her for his reform agenda….reports Asian Lite News. “Some may say that Britain is sometimes seen as argumentative and rather strong-minded. And I make no apology for that. That is who we are.”
Prime Minister David Cameron attended the Matthiae-Mahlzeit dinner at Hamburg with Chancellor Merkel and First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. He delivered a speech at the dinner event and praised the chancellor . The prime minister said as an island nation, Britain has every right to concern about its borders and protect its sovereignty.
“Some may say that Britain is sometimes seen as argumentative and rather strong-minded. And I make no apology for that. That is who we are. We have the character of an island nation – independent, forthright, passionate in defence of our sovereignty – and of institutions that have served us well for many hundreds of years,” said Cameron. “We stood apart when the original Six signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957. And the need to protect our sovereignty has always been paramount for us. But we are also an open nation. That openness drove the decision to join in 1973.
“Just as it drives our approach in so many other ways, including our role in bringing down the Iron Curtain and championing the entry into Europe of countries that lost so many years to communism. We have always been a country that reaches out. And I never want us to pull up the drawbridge and retreat from the world.
“So when it comes to the question of Britain’s future in Europe, my aim is clear: I want to keep Britain inside a reformed European Union. So I have thought hard about the changes that are needed to address the concerns of the British people and I am fighting hard to secure them. And I also believe that the changes I am arguing for will help deliver the more competitive, outward-looking, dynamic Europe that Britain and Germany both want to see.
“When Britain says it is time to complete these trade deals, that’s not just good for Britain – it’s good for Germany too. When we ask for clear rules for both those in the Euro and those like Britain who are not going to join, again these changes are in our shared interests. We need a successful Eurozone – and success for those who choose not to join.And when Britain says we need to have a Europe that respects nation states and that says we should be able to run our own welfare systems – those are calls that I believe resonate around Europe.
“So if by working together we can achieve these changes, then I will unequivocally recommend that Britain stays in a reformed European Union on these new terms. Of course, if we can’t then I rule nothing out. But I believe we can – and if we do, I believe we can win that referendum and that will be good for Britain, good for Germany and good for the whole of Europe.
“It is our shared commitment to enterprise that means that time and again at European Council meetings it is Britain and Germany working together, standing up for cutting bureaucracy, standing up for growth and standing up for jobs,” Cameron said. “And it is Britain and Germany – with our belief in sound finances who are at the table arguing that you cannot spend your way out of problems and that you have to deal with your deficits.
“And I am proud of the way that Chancellor Merkel and I worked together to secure that historic deal to cut the European budget in real terms for the first time. Because that means lower taxes for our citizens and lower taxes for our businesses too. And it is British and German leadership that is driving the co-operation across Europe to enhance our security. From leading the sanctions against Russia and Iran, to responding to the crisis in Syria.”