David Cameron’s Brussels failure paved way to European Union chaos, DUP MP claimed

David Cameron attempted to secure concession from the European Union to pacify British voters unhappy with the bloc’s terms of membership before the Brexit referendum of 2016. DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson claimed Brussels’ decision to ignore the demands of the British Prime Minister signalled that the union will face “further problems” with member states due to a “democracy deficit” across the EU institutions. Speaking to an Institute of International & European Affairs event in Dublin earlier this week, the DUP chief whip said: “We desired to have some reform of the EU so that the UK could continue its membership.

“It was frustrating that David Cameron was not accommodated in the way I believe would have not only benefited the relationship between the UK and the EU but would have been of wider benefit to the EU itself.

“That democratic deficit between Brussels and the member states, I think, signals further problems that lay ahead for the European Union.”

Mr Donaldson also said the EU’s failure to listen to the demands of member states is “the central reason” why the United Kingdom came to vote for Brexit in 2016.

Reports which resurfaced earlier this week suggested the European Union has a long-establish record of having little regard for the needs of the public. 

Influential Belgian statesman Paul-Henri Spaak – who contributed to the formation of the institutions that evolved into the modern EU with the help of Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet – appeared to admit to Brussels’ arrogance in his memoirs.

Mr Spaak in 1969 published a book in which he described the political atmosphere in the years before the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 – the international pact at the core of the European Union. 

Mr Spaak wrote: “There were a great many sceptics.

“Overall, public opinion was not hostile, it was indifferent.

“The work accomplished was done by a minority who knew what they wanted.”

The behaviour of EU institutions over the past few years has fuelled growing discontent among member states other than the United Kingdom.

Italian deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has pledged to collaborate with other eurosceptic leaders from across the union to seek reform and to return sovereignty to national governments. 

Mr Salvini, who leads the Lega party currently in a coalition government with the Five-Star Movement, vowed to put Italians first after the Government agreed the need to avert EU sanctions over its worsening public debt.

The eurosceptic leader blasted: “We don’t need to ask Germans, Spanish and Luxembourgish for money. We want to use Italians’ money for Italians.”

He added that there was no sense in staying in government “to only grow a few decimal points”, suggesting he is still willing to increase public spending beyond the EU’s three percent of GDP deficit rules.

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