15 May 2014 – For Immediate Release
CAMERON CAGED BY BRUSSELS EURO-REBELS
Addressing students in London late yesterday (Wed – 14 May), leader of Britain’s new 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) Dirk Hazell condemned British PM David Cameron’s European follies.
“Mr Cameron’s rash move in 2009, ordering his Conservative MEPs out of the mainstream centre-right EPP Group in the European Parliament, set him on the track of putting Britain’s European future at risk. Caged Cameron is now trapped by his Brussels euro-rebels. The anti-EU Euro-MP Daniel Hannan runs the Tory show in Europe, not the British Prime Minister”, said Hazell.
Cameron has effectively lost control of his fringe Euro-Group, dubbed “the minibus” by many observers. Since January 2013, Tory-led ECR Group MEPs have voted two-thirds of the time with Farage’s UKIP-led EFD MEPs - putting themselves jointly amongst the European Parliament’s least influential MEPs.
In an interview for New Europe newspaper earlier yesterday (13 May) Hazell attacked “hard right” eurosceptics - as he pledged to “fight to keep Britain in Europe” and to restore British influence. “The 2014 European election, whatever the result, is the start and not the end of a process of re-normalising the British centre right”, said Hazell.
Speaking last night (14 May), Hazell commented: “Cameron’s reckless sop to his UKIP militant tendency in Brussels and Westminster failed to stop the growth of UKIP itself: appeasement never works. Just when Cameron most needs support from his fellow EU leaders if he is to achieve any meaningful reform, the PM continues to lurch away from the mainstream EPP.”
On Tuesday (13 May), Hazell was joined on BBC TV’s Daily Politics Show by former head of the Confederation of British Industry Digby Jones. Lord Jones agreed with Hazell that Cameron was wrong to flounce out of the powerful EPP political family of Angela Merkel and other mainstream centre-right EU leaders. “By sustaining his shoddy and shaming alliance, Cameron is taking the UK to the brink of Brexit”, warned Hazell.
Looking ahead to next Thursday’s (22 May) Euro-election, Hazell explained: “The EPP is the most positive and powerful force for European change. A vote for the 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) is a vote for putting Britain back inside the EPP where the real decisions are made. Britain should be leading, not leaving, the EU. Instead, the overwhelming impression is of Cameron putting his own survival as party leader ahead of the British national interest.”
“Sadly for Britain, Cameron is backing himself into a corner from which there is no escape. The Hannan fifth column of UKIP sympathisers gathers ever more momentum within the Conservative party, while Farage attacks from outside. Cameron is running out of time and losing friends. This is no longer a rebellion within the UK’s Conservative Party, it is a takeover”, concluded Hazell.
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