Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Making Europe work better for Britain

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for: the Zanu Labour Party manifesto on “Europe” (p. 83):
We are proud of Britain’s EU membership and of the strong position Britain has achieved within Europe.* British membership of the EU brings jobs, trade and prosperity; it boosts environmental standards, social protection and international clout.

Since 1997 we have gone from marginal players, often ignored, to leaders in the European Union. Working hard with
Labour MEPs, we are determined to remain leaders. Outside the EU, or on its margins, we would unquestionably be weaker and more vulnerable.

The EU now has 25 members and will continue to expand. The new Constitutional Treaty ensures the new Europe can work effectively, and that Britain keeps control of key national interests like
foreign policy, taxation, social security and defence.

The Treaty
sets out what the EU can do and what it cannot. It strengthens the voice of national parliaments and governments in EU affairs. It is a good treaty for Britain and for the new Europe. We will put it to the British people in a referendum and campaign whole-heartedly for a ‘Yes’ vote to keep Britain a leading nation in Europe.

We will also work to reform Europe. During Britain’s EU presidency this year, we will work to promote economic reform, bear down on regulation; make progress in the Doha development trade round; bring closer EU membership for Turkey, the Balkans and Eastern Europe; and improve the focus and quality of EU aid so it better helps the poorest countries.

We will continue to lead European defence cooperation. We will build stronger EU defence capabilities, in harmony with NATO – the cornerstone of our defence policy – without compromising our national ability to act independently. We will ensure the new EU battle groups are equipped and organised to act quickly to save lives in humanitarian crises.

On the euro, we maintain our common-sense policy. The determining factor underpinning any government decision is the national economic interest and whether the case for joining is clear and unambiguous. The five economic tests must be met before any decision to join can be made. If the Government were to recommend joining, it would be put to a vote in Parliament and a referendum of the British people.
That, dear readers, is what Zanu Labour Party have to offer. No comment needed. Just read some of the links.

* see also:

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