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European Commission: Some of Cameron's EU reform proposals 'highly problematic'

Some British proposals for EU reform are "highly problematic", a EU Commission spokesperson has said.

Asked at a news conference for the Commission's initial reaction to the letter, chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas said:

Prima facie we see a number of elements which appear to be feasible, like finding ways to increase the role of national parliaments, some issues which are difficult, like ever closer union and relations between the euro ins and outs, and some things which are highly problematic as they touch upon the fundamental freedoms of the internal market. Direct discrimination between EU citizens clearly falls into this last category.

– Margaritis Schinas, European Commission spokesperson


Reaction to Cameron's EU speech

"Disappointing" and "depression" are two words used by David Cameron's political opponents to describe the prime minister's demands for EU reform.

Boris predicts 'blood on the carpet' in Brussels after PM's speech

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he predicts there will be "blood all over the carpet" in Brussels after the Prime Minister's speech outlining his reform ambitions for EU reform.

ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris is with Boris Johnson on an official visit to Israel.

"I think it'll be tough. There will be a long period now of quite scratchy negotiations," said Mr Johnson.

"I think there will come a great sort of juddering moment - there will be blood all over the carpet at some point in Brussels.

"I don't know when that will happen but I hope very much that we will get the deal by the end of next year."

PM: I'm not going to make everyone happy

David Cameron has hit back at criticism of his renegotiation strategy with the European Union, telling ITV News that he is "clearly not going to make everyone happy".

Lord Lawson told ITV News At Ten on Monday that the prime minister had been "disappointingly unambitious" in his efforts to reform Britain's relationship with Europe.

Responding to the criticism, Mr Cameron pointed out that Britain was "far more closely tied" to Europe when Lord Lawson was chancellor in John Major's government.

He said while he would "listen respectfully to my elders and betters", he "clearly is not going to make everyone happy".

"I think I've got a track record of delivering in Europe which can help to deliver these changes," he told ITV News' Chris Ship.


PM: I rule nothing out if concerns fall on deaf ears

David Cameron says he "rules nothing out" if Britain's concerns about the European Union "are met with a deaf ear".

I will campaign to keep Britain inside a reformed European Union.

I will campaign for it with all my heart and all my soul because that will be unambiguously in our national interest.

But if we can't reach such an agreement and Britain's concerns are met with a deaf ear - which I don't believe will happen - then we will have to think again about whether this European Union is right for us.

I rule nothing out.

– David Cameron

David Cameron's four EU demands

David Cameron says his four demands on EU reform are:

  • Protect the single market for Britain and others outside the eurozone
  • Write "competitiveness into the DNA" of the whole European Union
  • Exempt Britain from an ever-closer union
  • Tackle abuses to the right to freedom of movement and enable the UK to control migration from the EU
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