David Cameron’s declared intention to renegotiate the EU’s competences was renewed in January, in a speech about his plan to launch a referendum on UK membership of the EU.
According to the British PM, asked “Can we justify a commission that gets ever larger? ……. And I would ask: when the competitiveness of the single market is so important, why is there an environment council, a transport council, an education council but not a single market council?”
He then added: “Countries are different. They make different choices. We cannot harmonise everything. ….. In the same way we need to examine whether the balance is right in so many areas where the European Union has legislated including on the environment, social affairs and crime”.
As reported by WWF’s CrisisWatch in summer 2012, the British Government launched a review process of the EU’s balance of competences.
Sources: ENDS, 10-the official site of the British Prime Minister’s Office