David Cameron said yesterday he was “sure” there would be treaty change in Europe, as he embarked on a series of talks with EU leaders.
The Prime Minister is facing resistance from France and Germany over his plans to create fresh EU agreements ahead of an in-out referendum by 2017.
In his keynote speech earlier this year, Mr Cameron argued a new settlement was needed before voters were asked if they wanted to end ties with Brussels and suggested some reforms would need treaty change.
Ahead of talks with French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel, he revealed three treaties had been put forward since he took the keys to No 10.
“So I’m sure there will be treaty change,” he added. “I’m absolutely convinced that there will be the need to reopen at some stage these treaties,.
“The eurozone, in my view, needs to have further treaty change, and just as eurozone countries will argue that it’s necessary to have treaty change, I think it’s perfectly legitimate to argue that non-eurozone countries might need to have treaty changes that suit them.”
The Prime Minister insisted he was confronting the Brussels problem in Britaind.
He said: “We are a major European power, a major European player. But do we think that the European Union has sometimes overreached itself with directives and interventions and interferences? Yes, it has. And that needs to change.”
“There are some reforms I think we need to make,” he added. “Already we’re starting to make some of them.”
“The agenda of the speech is change that all of Europe can benefit from. It is a more competitive, open, flexible Europe for all countries of Europe. And the second thing is that – this is not about cherry-picking, but to argue, as some do, that you can’t have a flexible Europe is wrong. We have a flexible Europe.”