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Cameron contempt for Europe's only elected chamber – Anderson MEP

16 February, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of showing contempt for democracy by pulling out of a planned engagement with the European Parliament on BREXIT negotiations.

Speaking after the British Prime Minister failed to turn up to a European Parliament conference, Ms Anderson said;

"The 'reform' agenda being pursued by David Cameron amounts to nothing more than a race to the bottom in terms of workers' rights, citizens' protection, human rights provision and financial regulation. He has found a willing ally in European Council President Donald Tusk, who is conducting these 'reform' negotiations.

"Not once has David Cameron addressed the only directly elected institution of the European Union, the European Parliament. Instead all negotiations are being conducted behind closed doors between heads of state and European officials.

"The piecemeal detail being leaked to citizens in the shape of vague letters and reports is not good enough. Both a BREXIT and a reformed EU will have massive consequences for Irish and European citizens and needs to be open and transparent. Their elected representatives must be consulted on the detail of these negotiations."

MEP Anderson continued;

"Sinn Féin believes in a citizen centred Europe that is both transparent and accountable. The positive aspects of Europe, especially human rights protections, must be safeguarded and the shady, unaccountable structures of power continually challenged.   The fact that David Cameron dismissed this planned meeting demonstrates his contempt for the democratic institutions of the EU.

"Rather than face questions from across the political spectrum, Cameron chose to meet with only three centre-right and right-wing representatives, who mostly share his ideological vision.

"This is nowhere near the level of scrutiny these 'reform' negotiations demand. If successful, Donald Tusk and David Cameron will change Europe for the worse. There is a clear need for both Cameron and Tusk to show due respect for democracy and address the representatives of the people." 

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