In an attempt to keep Great Britain in the European Union, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council sent a letter to the Union’s 28 members with proposal aimed at reaching a compromise with London on its demands for remaining in the EU.
Tusk’s letter included ways of protecting national sovereignty of EU members, especially those outside the eurozone. He suggested that the bloc accept the fact that “different paths of integration” are available to EU countries. But Britain had demanded the removal of the “even-closer union” concept used to describe the bloc. Though his letter acknowledges that EU members have different long-term goals when it comes to integration, Tusk’s letter did go so far as to eliminate the “ever-closer union.”
Tusk also proposed additional powers of member states to veto legislation, though it would require the support of 55 percent of member states, making veto very difficult.
Tusk’s vaguely promised to protect the interests of countries outside the eurozone when the currency integration area expands, saying that concerns must be addressed, without saying how.
Tusk also proposed some changes to the way EU nations can handle migrants, through emergency mechanisms allowing EU states to discriminate against workers from other member states.
Britain is planning a referendum concerning its EU membership. But the referendum will probably come before negotiations are completed with the EU. The people will have to vote on promises not facts.
Tusk is walking a tight rope. He has to frame his proposal in such a way that it will appeal to British voters, who are mixed on their views of remaining in the EU, while at the same time he must avoid a precedent that would further fragment the European Union. Too much concession would open the way for other member stats to make their own demands in the future.
To resurrect the Holy Roman Empire, Britain must remain in the European Union.