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Van Rompuy tells Britain: leaving EU is not for free

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Herman Van Rompuy

One of Europe’s most powerful officials cautioned Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, February 28, that leaving the European Union could cost Britain dear and that the bloc’s other leaders do not want to renegotiate Europe’s founding treaties.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Britain had a chance to play a leading role in building the European economy now the euro zone had the “artillery” of economic tools to get itself out of the worst crisis in its history, Reuters wrote.

But Van Rompuy laced his speech in London’s financial district with a clear warning to Cameron: Europe will not countenance any attempt by Britain to win an a-la-carte membership, picking and choosing which of the European Union’s rules it will follow and which to reject.

“Leaving the club altogether, as a few advocate, is legally possible,” he said. “We have an ‘exit clause’.

“But it’s not a matter of just walking out. It would be legally and politically a most complicated and unpractical affair. Just think of a divorce after 40 years of marriage.”

“Leaving is an act of free will and perfectly legitimate but it doesn’t come for free,” he said.

Cameron has promised to try to claw back powers from the EU and put any new settlement to voters in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, heightening fears that Britain could leave the club it joined 40 years ago, in 1973.

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  1. David says:

    I think UK should leave the EU. We had enough of Brits thinking they’re better than everybody else. I thing UK would do just fin on it’s own and so would EU. Leaving EU like a divorce after 40 years of marriage is nothing in comparing to the tradition of the great kindom of her majesty -> the biggest farmer in the EU to collect money from EU fonds for her pastureland.

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    • jj says:

      I agree. I am from the UK, but they are just being pathetic.
      The sooner they leave the better :-)

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  2. Oddis says:

    Van Rampuy speaks just like any other power seeking bureaucrat. I saw him in the Old Town of Riga in October 2012. Noone except me recognised him!

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  3. JPR says:

    Cash money???

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