Tories cheer Cameron in Europe and demand referendum – Telegraph

CAP Farm spending by sector

CAP Farm spending by sector (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the ...

English: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

European Union

European Union (Photo credit: erjkprunczýk)

Percentage of EU farmland by country

Percentage of EU farmland by country (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent article from the Telegraph. Check it out!

Tories cheer Cameron in Europe and demand referendum – Telegraph.

As readers of this blog will know, I am not a great fan of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. However, based on the data in this article, I commend David Cameron for his shrewd negotiations with his European colleagues in the recent summit.

We can now  see two camps emerging:

  1. Those countries who are recipients of the grossly inefficient Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) led by France, and
  2. The net contributor countries, who want  further EU budget cuts, including the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

David Cameron did really well to align himself with the other net contributor countries, in my view.

Personally, I think that this is a predictable budget negotiation and, quite rightly,  the EU has been sent off to find more acceptable numbers. For me, this is all a long way from a UK referendum on the EU, with  a simplistic “in/out” question to the UK people.

For me, it is time to take the knife to the CAP, despite the bleating of from the EU’s farm lobby.

What do you think?

 

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