The Polish foreign minister remarked at the weekend that British influence in Europe is dwindling as a result of the Tories withdrawing from the European Peoples party (EPP) five years ago.
I warned of the detrimental impact of Cameron’s antics would have, and continue to have, on our relationship with Europe. I have written this article for British Influence in which i explore how Cameron is continuing to weaken our position in the Councils and the European Parliament. For example, he has allowed some ultra-right groups in to the ECR, including the Danish Peoples Party (DPP) and the Finns (formerly the True Finns) who they had previously refused admission due to their extreme rightwing views. The former party of leader of the DPP, Morten Messerschmitt, was convicted in 2002 for publishing material that suggested a link between a multicultural society, and higher levels of rape, violence, and forced marriages. From the latter group an MEP was convicted in 2012 after posting a blog which claimed that “Islam revered paedophilia”. As a British Labour MEP, I am of course concerned about the direction that Cameron is taking us and the effect that his poor negotiations are having on British interests.
You can read more about this in the article I penned for British influence by following the link here.