Britain says to attend EU pact talks as 'equals'

16th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain will attend talks on a new EU pact as "equal participants" despite Prime Minister David Cameron's veto of a planned treaty to solve the eurozone crisis, a spokeswoman said Friday.

"You need people there from all the 27 to work out how to implement (the deal agreed at a summit last week)," the spokeswoman for Cameron said, referring to the 27 members of the European Union.

The delegation would attend the talks "to ensure that the views of the UK are represented and our national interest is maintained," she said.

Cameron received phone calls on Friday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk to discuss the role of the EU institutions and the next EU summit, to be held in January or early February.

Britain rocked the EU last week when Cameron vetoed a proposed treaty on measures intended to boost integration and save the beleaguered euro. The other 26 EU nations agreed to press ahead with an inter-governmental pact instead.

Cameron has said that proposed new regulations governing financial services were not in the British national interest.

© 2011 AFP

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