Friday, May 31, 2013

William Hague's red card system for Brussels' meddlers that would overrule EU laws

The Tories are to demand a new ‘red card’ system so that national parliaments can block unwelcome EU laws.

As part of David Cameron’s bid to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with Brussels, Foreign Secretary William Hague will today reveal the first concrete demand for reform of the European Union ahead of an in-out referendum in 2017.

In a hard-hitting speech, Mr Hague will call for national parliaments, such as the House of Commons, to be able to overrule legislation proposed by the European Commission if enough legislatures call for it to be thrown out.

Mr Hague will say that the European Parliament has ‘failed’ to introduce democratic accountability to the EU.