'You can't protect the country's interest by having an isolationist approach.' says Clare
Labour's MEPs on the European Parliament economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) have urged David Cameron to learn the lessons of Lord Hill's difficult hearing process after only being endorsed following a recall. Lord Hill was seeking endorsement to serve as the Commissioner for financial stability, financial services and capital markets.
To avoid the humiliation of the UK nominee being rejected, David Cameron’s nominee Lord Hill, was rescued by Labour MEPs as the Tories have built no alliances in Europe and only have friends in the fringe parties.
David Cameron has comprehensively alienated all his potential European allies. While it was right that Lord Hill was required to attend an additional hearing to answer further questions about his portfolio, his progress was made much harder by the UK government's confused approach to Europe.
Clare Moody MEP said:
"The Conservative Party needs to learn the lessons of Lord Hill's recall - you can't protect the country's interest by having an isolationist approach. The fact the Conservative Party is on the fringes of Europe, led by a man who has few allies, undoubtedly caused him problems.
Lord Hill will succeed only if he demonstrates his independence from the British government. He needs to be a pragmatic voice in the debate on Europe and deliver the best outcome for the people of the UK.
The UK has become increasingly marginalised over the past five years and this is entirely down to David Cameron's retreat from the centre and switching his support from the European Peoples Party to the European Conservative and Reformist Group to appease his party back home.
As for Nigel Farage, he showed yet again that a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote - their MEPs didn't even bother to turn up to vote for a fellow Brit."