• 16-FEB-2016

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

« Pittella to Cameron: "We must fight to keep UK in but no discrimination against EU citizens »

Gianni Pittella, the Leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, met with UK Prime Minister David Cameron this morning to discuss the draft text regarding the UK's relationship with the European Union. 

Speak after the meeting. Gianni Pittella said:

"It was a very open and constructive discussion. On behalf of my group I expressed our sincere willingness to do our outmost to ensure the UK remains in the EU. Britain leaving would bring about very negative consequences first of all for British workers and business but also for the EU as a whole. It would set a dangerous precedent.

"At the same time, we must also not undermine European principles and values. I expressed our concerns especially on the social dimension; we cannot accept any kind of discrimination between European workers.

"On ever closer union, the agreement must not prevent those countries who wish to integrate further. On economic governance, we could not accept systematic derogation in favour of the City. We also must ensure that the emergency brake cannot turn into a tool to discriminate among EU citizens.

As I made it clear to Mr Cameron the EU Parliament is a crucial player and not a paper pusher.

We will fully play our role as co-legislator and carefully look through the whole implementation process of the final agreement."  

This broadcast-quality video package (b-roll) contains: 

  • 1 Video statement from S&D President Gianni Pittella (audio EN and audio IT + English subtitles)
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