The blame game continues in Europe over who is responsible for the high-level split over a new EU fiscal agreement. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage believes it’s time for the British to decide whether they want to stay in the EU.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron, who slapped a firm ‘no’ on the deal, said it lacked sufficient financial safeguards for the UK.
However European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, called the decision “unfortunate” and said Britain itself had made compromise impossible by making demands that threatened the entire single market.
“The United Kingdom in exchange for giving its agreement asked for a specific protocol on financial services which as presented were a risk to the integrity of the internal market. This made compromise impossible,” he told European lawmakers in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
He also remarked that most countries tried hard to reach an accord of all 27 EU states.
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage told RT that British citizens may soon ask for a referendum to get out of the EU.
The myth that the UK can be in Europe but not run by Europe has died after the Friday vote over the fiscal deal, he claimed.
“We now find ourselves in a position where we are outvoted by 26 to 1. We are in a hopeless minority and yet we still have 75 per cent of our laws that run the United Kingdom made in these institutions.”
“Cameron not wishing to do this has now opened up the real debate in the UK about our European future,” he said.