Mayor's report (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, can I also congratulate you on your support for the Prime Minister last Friday? I just want to make this point to you. You worked in Brussels in the past. Do you not feel that the Prime Minister's support for the City in what he said in Europe was no more than what President Sarkozy and various former French presidents have been saying about French farmers and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over the years? There surely needs to be some rebalancing there pretty soon.

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Mayor's report (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Mayor's report (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Your point is well made, in the sense that anybody who follows negotiations in the EU will know that Prime Ministers of all countries stick up for their national interest with ferocity. I remember the Spanish Prime Minister being particularly vigilant about Spain's claim to Irish fish which he vindicated at every opportunity. I have already mentioned Tony Blair being very tough, just as tough in a way as you would expect the Prime Minister to be today over the issue of the withholding tax. Unfortunately he was less tough over the budget rebate and he made a serious mistake there, but from time to time every Prime Minister will have to exercise national prerogative to say, 'This is a bad idea and we do not want to do this'. The Prime Minister did exactly the right thing last week and the longer the story moves on the clearer it is that what he said about the fiscal union and Britain's ability to participate in it is shared by others.