British PM to resist power transfer at EU debut

16th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

New British Prime Minister David Cameron will resist any moves towards transferring power away from London at his EU summit debut this week, his spokesman said Wednesday.

At Thursday's summit, other leading European countries are expected to battle to persuade Cameron to back bids for the European Union to vet members' budgets and to bring in a tax on banks and financial transactions.

But Cameron's official spokesman told reporters that anything involving the transfer of power "is not something we would be prepared to consider".

"I don't think treaty change is on the table at all at the present time," he added.

Cameron, of the centre-right Conservatives, took power last month in a coalition government with the centrist Liberal Democrats. His party is strongly eurosceptic but the LibDems are more europhile.

Asked whether the new premier would back the budget vetting plan, his spokesman said: "Budgets will be presented to parliaments first. it's long been the case that there's a process of multilateral scrutiny."

The new government has pledged to introduce a banking levy, but Cameron's spokesman noted that this was "slightly different" to a transaction tax.

© 2010 AFP

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