Leading Conservative MEP Julie Girling has hailed David Cameron’s speech on the European Union a positive step towards European Reform.
Speaking directly after the speech, Mrs Girling said: “The country now knows that they have the opportunity to have their say on the future of Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
“David Cameron raised five key points, competitiveness, flexibility, greater power for Member States, Democratic accountability and fairness all of which are key challenges to the future of the EU and will be key to the debates which will happen between now and 2015.
“The EU needs fundamental change based on new principles that enable it to compete globally. Now the people will have their say. The EU was designed to address the problems of my parents’ generation and my generation, now we must focus on the challenges of our children and grandchildren’s generations.”