Saturday, 29 December 2012

Finally, 22 years later... Delors finally gets it

Britain could end up leaving the EU, former top Brussels bureaucrat Jacques Delors has admitted.

It was his push for far closer EU political and financial ties between member states that led to our 1990 front page declaring: Up Yours Delors.

But 22 years on, Mr Delors — European Commission President between 1985 to 1994 — concedes it may be time for Britain to quit the EU.

He says it could enjoy “a different form of partnership” with the continent.
Frenchman Mr Delors, 87 — credited as being the architect of the modern EU — told a German newspaper: “The British are solely concerned about their economic interests, nothing else.

“They could be offered a different form of partnership.

“If the British cannot support the trend towards more integration in Europe, we can nevertheless remain friends, but on a different basis.

“I could imagine a form such as a European economic area or a free trade agreement.”

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