EU official says no request from the British government has been received.
Britain will veto any major rise in the European Union budget and push for curbs on the movement of European citizens, David Cameron has said.Speaking at the Conservative Party conference the Prime Minister attempted to please his party’s sceptics with tough-sounding pledges on Europe, The Telegraph online informs. But he faced criticism for appearing to rule out a referendum that would offer Britain the chance to leave the EU outright and suggesting the next general election could effectively take the place of a plebiscite on Europe.EU leaders will later this year attempt to agree a budget for the EU between 2014 and 2020. The European Commission has proposed an 11 per cent increase in Brussels spending, which would Britain an extra £1.4bn a year in extra EU payments. Britain, France and Germany have called for a smaller rise.Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Mr. Cameron stopped short of promising to block any rise in the budget, but insisted he would not accept big rises in spending.He said: “If we cannot get a deal that his proper control of that budget, if they put forward ideas for massive increases, I won’t say yes to it.”After his refusal to sign a new European treaty on “fiscal union” last year, other EU leaders know he is prepared to block a budget deal, the Prime Minister claimed. “They know I’m capable of saying No.”The Prime Minister also suggested that the UK is looking again at the EU rules that allow citizens of all Union countries to travel freely within the EU.A Whitehall review of EU rules will consider whether there is any scope for Britain to curb the entry of people from EU nations, especially Romania and Bulgaria.Most lawyers and officials believe that there is little chance of Britain being able to make change in the movement rules, but Mr. Cameron said it was right to consider the issue because so many EU nationals are now working in the UK. In another development, Jonathan Todd, spokesman for László Andor, European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said no request has been received from the British government in relation with the modification of the right for freedom of circulation within the EU. According to Mediafax, Todd said during the daily briefing in Brussels that “the freedom of movement is included in the 1957 Treaty and, as far as I know, the British government has not sent any request for an amendment to the Treaty.” He added the subject is coming to the attention of the British political debates from time to time.