Renegotiating Terms of UK Membership in EU 'Waste of Time'

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is wasting his time while renegotiating the terms of the United Kingdom's membership in the EU, a press officer with the campaign told Sputnik Monday, as the reform in the bloc is highly unlikely.

David Cameron under pressure over Brexit - Sputnik International
Cameron's Deal on UK Membership in EU 'Insufficient, Weak'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last week, Cameron and 27 of his European colleagues secured a deal to grant the United Kingdom special status within the bloc, ahead of the Britain's in/out referendum scheduled for June 23.

“The list goes on, but David Cameron did not even ask the EU to change these things. It would have been a waste of time, because the EU is simply incapable of genuine reform,” Jack Montgomery said.

Montgomery stressed that what David Cameron reached at the EU summit is insufficient and fails on a number of issues, ranging from legislation to trade.

“Instead, he has been reduced to holding up a worthless ‘emergency brake’ on EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits, which cannot be pulled without Brussels’ permission and which may well be taken away by the European Parliament after the referendum anyway, as some sort of triumph,” Montgomery said.

He reiterated that the United Kingdom can thrive as a free-standing, independent nation-state, just like the Australia, Canada or even little New Zealand.

Cameron sought to revise the terms of his country's EU membership, focusing on four main issues: shifting power away from EU authorities to the UK national legislature, exempting Britain from the EU "superstate" principle, stripping the euro of the single official EU currency status, and protecting the British economy by keeping eurozone members away from non-eurozone countries’ affairs.

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