15 JAN 2014

Fresh Start Project / Open Europe Conference

Last week the Fresh Start Project and the think tank, Open Europe, co-hosted the Pan-European Conference for EU Reform. The two-day event brought together 300 delegates from over 30 countries, including eight Ministers, a European Commissioner, former heads of state, politicians and business-leaders...

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08 JAN 2014

Getting the best deal for our country

BY Syed Kamall MEP. I welcome the Fresh Start Project's debate about how to achieve measured, practical renegotiation of our membership of the EU. The status quo is no longer acceptable, so we have no option but to renegotiate our terms of membership. The Prime Minister's strategy is patriotic and...

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28 NOV 2013

Fresh Start Project Mandate for Reform Published

The FSP today published its Mandate for Reform. We hope that this will contribute to the debate leading the UK to a clear negotiating position ahead of the proposed renegotiation and referendum. The 2017 Referendum will be a 'now or never' moment in Britain's relationship with the European Union, t...

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06 NOV 2013

Welcome words from PM Rutte

By Andrea Leadsom MP. That the Dutch are one of the UK's key allies in the push for significant EU reform was made crystal clear by the Dutch PM, Mark Rutte, in an important speech on 30 October in London. He echoed many of the calls made by the Fresh Start Project, and UK Prime Minister David Cam...

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The Dutch support subsidiarity which does not in fact take any powers back. It just gives national governments more latitude about how they obey an EU obligation - a bit like a Directive compared with a Regulation. Nobody has yet proved to me how a single power can be taken back from inside the EU; to do so would be against the legally binding obligation to work for ever closer union (political union), which is the very reason behind setting up the EU. As member states commit to doing nothing to jeopardise EU objectives, to even try to unpick this fundamental would be illegal under European Law. The only way to achieve a flexible Europe would be for everyone to agree to dissolve (i.e. leave the EU and set up a more a la carte arrangement. Can't see that happening when Merkel and Hollande have reaffirmed their commitment to a federal Europe.
- Graham

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01 NOV 2013

A European Public Prosecutor and the ‘yellow card’

By Robert Broadhurst. This week the 'yellow card' was shown to the European Commission's proposal to create a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), which would have the power to investigate and prosecute those it suspected of committing fraud against the EU budget. This aroused some interest ...

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