William Hague Rejects Flatly Tory MPs Call for EU Veto

Bulgaria in EU | January 13, 2014, Monday // 10:06|  views

Britain`s Foreign Secretary William Hague is pictured here during a press conference after a meeting of the `London 11`, the core group of the Friends of Syria, in London, Britain, 22 October 2013. Photo by EPA/BGNES

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has flatly rejected demands from 95 Tory MPs for Westminster to be given a veto over all laws from Brussels.

Hague warned the proposal is "unrealistic" and warned it would make the single market unworkable.

His statement came after backbenchers wrote to David Cameron saying the Commons should have the authority to block new EU legislation and repeal measures that threaten Britain's "national interest".

"If national parliaments all around the EU were regularly and unilaterally able to choose which bits of EU law they would apply and which bits they would not then the European single market would not work,“ Hague said in a TV interview.

"So we have to be realistic about these things."

Some 38% of UK voters favoured the Prime Minister's plan to limit the EU's powers compared with 28% who want to see Britain quit the Brussels club altogether, the study by Ipsos Mori for think tank British Future found.

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