Britain will be ready to use legal action if the new treaty being agreed between 25 EU states threatens UK national interests, British Prime Minister David Cameron said today.
Reporting back to the House of Commons from yesterday’s summit in Brussels, Mr Cameron rejected suggestions that the new inter-governmental agreement on fiscal discipline in the eurozone would create a new “inner group” within the EU.
Britain would neither sign nor ratify the treaty and would not be bound by any new obligations, he said.
But the Prime Minister faced mockery from Labour leader Ed Miliband, who said he had gone back on a promise in December that he would not allow EU institutions like the European Commission or European Court of Justice to be used to support the new agreement.
“With this Prime Minister, a veto is not for life, it’s just for Christmas,” Mr Miliband told MPs.
But Mr Cameron said some use of the institutions by the group of 25 was already permitted by existing EU treaties.
And he added: “I made clear we will watch this closely and if necessary we will take action, including legal action, if our national interests are threatened by misuse of the institutions.”