EU policy differences fray UK coalition

EU policy differences fray UK coalition

The Guardian reports here on how policy toward the European Union is dividing David Cameron’s Tories and their coalition partner Liberal Democrats:

[Deputy prime minister] Nick Clegg has opened up a new front on the EU by launching one of his strongest attacks on David Cameron’s plan to use the eurozone crisis to repatriate powers to Britain….

Clegg made clear that coalition relations over the EU remained fragile when he dismissed the prime minister’s plans to use a future EU treaty revision to repatriate powers. The EU is expected to revise the Lisbon treaty, possibly after next year’s German elections, to provide a legal basis for new eurozone governance arrangements.

Cameron has said he would like to use the negotiations, in which Britain will have a veto, to repatriate some powers. These could be in the areas of social and employment laws.