Cameron’s Hollow Victory – How The Papers Reported It

Daily Telegraph:

Key points (07:45 post)

  1. David Cameron will campaign “heart and soul” for Britain to stay in the EU
  2. Several cabinet ministers will back Brexit, including Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary
  3. Prime Minister says deal gives Britain special status
  4. Child benefit payments for children of EU migrants living overseas will be cut
  5. EU treaties to be amended to say that requirement for ever closer union does not apply to the UK
  6. “Emergency brake” on migrant workers’ in work benefits will apply for seven years
  7. City of London will be protected as a financial centre
  8. British taxpayers will never be expected to bail out countries in the Eurozone
  9. British businesses will not face discrimination for being outside the Eurozone

Guardian:

Cameron will put ‘heart and soul’ into staying in EU after sealing deal

PM bullish on campaigning for Britain to remain in reformed European Union after marathon talks result in agreement

“A proposed “emergency brake” on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits will last for seven years. It will cover individuals for no more than four years, but the UK will be allowed to apply the overall restrictions for seven years.

Cameron said: “You will not get full access to our welfare system for four years … No more something for nothing. People can come to our country but they will not get out of our welfare system until they have paid in. That is a very profound change.”

  • Restrictions on child benefit for EU migrants will kick in at a reduced rate – indexed to the rate of a migrant’s home country – for new migrants with immediate effect. Existing EU migrants will be paid at the lower rate from 2020. Eastern European countries had hoped that existing migrants would be exempt.

  • Britain has a specific opt-out from the EU’s historic commitment to forge an “ever closer union among the peoples of Europe”.

  • One country – in effect Britain – will have the right to impose a handbrake to refer contentious financial regulation to a meeting of EU leaders in the European council.

The Independent:

David Cameron has struck a deal with other EU leaders over Britain’s future in Europe after marathon talks in Brussels.

“I have negotiated a deal to give the United Kingdom special status inside the European Union,” Mr Cameron said in a press conference shortly after the end of talks, adding that he would update Cabinet at 10am on Saturday morning.

“Britain will be permanently out of ‘ever closer union’,” he said, adding that there would be “tough new restrictions on access to our welfare system for EU migrants”, and that Britain would “never join the euro”.

Daily Mail:

‘Cameron promised half a loaf and came home with crumbs’: Eurosceptics pour scorn on PM’s EU deal after he is forced into climbdown over welfare demands

“Eurosceptics tonight launched a series of scathing attacks on David Cameron‘s deal with the European Union, claiming it was mere ‘crumbs’.

The Prime Minister finally secured agreement on reform of Britain’s membership of the EU after a marathon Brussels summit, but was forced into a humiliating climbdown on his demands.

A compromise deal that will allow existing claimants to carry on receiving child benefits in full until 2020 falls well short of the outright ban on sending child benefit abroad initially demanded by the PM.”

Daily Express:

CAMERON’S CLIMBDOWN: Farage blasts ‘pathetic’ EU deal as PM caves in on migrant benefits

“Early indications show that the Prime Minister has further watered down his demands from Brussels, compromising on migrants benefits and Britain’s exemption from the principle of ever-closer union. UKIP leader tonight Nigel Farage branded the deal “truly pathetic” and said it had not strengthened the argument for staying in the EU. He tweeted: “This is a truly pathetic deal. Let’s Leave the EU, control our borders, run our own country and stop handing £55m every day to Brussels.””I believe in Britain. We are good enough to be an independent, self-governing nation outside of the EU. This is our golden opportunity.”

And then there’s this, also in the EXPRESS:

EU IN CRISIS: Brexit could trigger end of European Union, Sir Richard Branson claims

SIR Richard Branson has claimed Britain voting to leave the European Union could trigger the “break-up” of the bloc.The billionaire Europhile said it would be a “very, very, very, very sad day” if the UK cut ties with Brussels bureaucrats.And he warned quitting the EU would be “very, very damaging” for the British economy – claims firmly denied by Eurosceptics.He added: “I think it would be the start of most likely the breakup of the European Union.”

What the Leader Writers Said

The Daily Telegraph:

Charles Moore in the Telegraph

“Who is left to hail David Cameron’s puny gains as a Roman triumph?”

Two quotes from Charles Moore’s comment set the tone for this long-awaited weekend:

“”There are many among those sitting at the Cabinet table for their almost unprecedented meeting this weekend who feel like saying to Mr Cameron: ‘Why are you putting us through all this?'” –

Indeed – why? And this observation which describes the situation we all find ourselves in:

“This is Mr Cameron’s domestic political problem about the deal he has been fighting for. There aren’t quite enough people – in the media, in the parliamentary party, in the Cabinet – who any longer see it in their interest to hail his puny gains as a Roman triumph. Mr Cameron no longer secures their future (a fact which, by the way, is bad news for the leadership ambitions of George Osborne).

Everything about this deal – the very idea of trying to get it in the first place, its hyping, its timing, its rush, its pretence to be essential to the referendum, its weak content – arises from two prior assumptions. The first was that the Tory party and the voters needed to be fooled by a charade. The second was there could never be any question of Mr Cameron advocating a Leave vote. So no negotiation could be serious, and no one, on either side, will be able to feel pleased by the result.”

The Guardian:

Here’s a prime example for the spin by EUrophiles which we’ll see, hear and read until the Referendum date by Matthew d’Ancona:

David Cameron’s dogged work won tussle in Brussels – now he faces fight at home

“Eurosceptics may have wanted PM to roar like a British lion but PM’s victory was triumph of terrier’s tenacity”

How deluded can one get?

Daily Mail:

As always, very perspicacious, Peter Oborne puts his finger where it hurts:

“If he accepts this charade, I believe Cameron will be signing his own political death warrant. How very carefully orchestrated it was meant to be. First, the late-night negotiations on Thursday. Then, a dramatic agreement in the early hours of yesterday morning. Next, the deal would be signed off with a flourish with a so-called ‘British breakfast’ in Brussels under the guidance of summit chairman Donald Tusk.

David Cameron was then supposed to fly back in triumph to London and summon a Cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon. Then, standing in Downing Street, he would announce to the world that the British people would vote in a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU to be held on June 23.

Finally, the PM would nestle onto the sofa for BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show tomorrow morning to explain why he thinks the deal he’d won was very good for Britain.

With a hubristic and breath-taking arrogance, this strategy was outlined in advance to the media by Mr Cameron’s hapless communications team. But as so often happens in politics, carefully-laid plans can go badly wrong. And so was the case with the EU summit in Brussels.

For Mr Cameron himself, this has been a professional and personal calamity. It is now obvious that he has failed to honour his promise to the British people that he would obtain ‘fundamental’ political reforms.”

Daily Express:

Patrick O’Flynn writes in the Express:

EU referendum notebook: What excuses will those Tory ‘Eurosceptics’ come up with now?

IT IS hard to fathom what excuses those Tory MPs who have liked to call themselves Eurosceptics will produce to explain why they are backing whatever “deal” David Cameron comes back from Brussels with.Those who seriously meant it when they told voters they opposed EU political integration won’t back it.Those who choose to undergo political contortions in order to back Mr Cameron – and keep in his good books – should not think that the passage of time will dull the sense of betrayal felt by Eurosceptic voters. It won’t.In order to concentrate minds among any wobblers let me just say one thing: Nick Clegg and tuition fees.Mr Clegg had nearly five years in which to hope voters would forgive or forget his breach of faith. They did neither.

Also…

It is eminently worthwhile to take a look at what John Redwood writes in his blog, here:

He asks in his comment on the Cameronian Summit – ‘Is that it, then?’, and says:

”The UK wants a very different EU from the majority.

So isn’t the good European thing to do to leave?”

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