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David Cameron handed "shopping list " of Europe opt-outs.

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David Cameron handed 'shopping list’ of Europe opt-outs
David Cameron must opt out of financial, social and employment red tape, and win back control of UK fishing waters as he renegotiates for a better deal with the European Union, a report recommends.

Eurosceptic MPs are worried the Prime Minister’s ambitions are too modest to satisfy the back benches. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP
By Robert Watts
10:00PM BST 31 Aug 2013
The Prime Minister should also demand the right to stop some European migrants claiming benefits and free the UK to make trade pacts with countries outside the EU, says the study by Civitas, a Right-of-centre think tank.

Its “shopping list” of measures includes a British get-out from controversial European Arrest Warrants and major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

If the Conservatives win the 2015 general election, Mr Cameron has pledged to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership then hold an “in-out” referendum by 2017 to see if the public want to stay in under the new terms.

However, European politicians and officials have cast doubt over Britain’s ability to greatly alter its place in the single market.

Eurosceptic MPs are worried the Prime Minister’s ambitions are too modest to satisfy the back benches.

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The 82-page Civitas paper sets out changes the Prime Minister should prioritise, such as securing the right to stop migrants from Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia receiving Job Seekers’ Allowance, housing benefit and other welfare payments until they have paid UK taxes.

It also suggests member states, rather than the EU, decide how to spend their money from the Common Agricultural Policy. The report also urges Mr Cameron to win the right to deport non-EU nationals who pose a threat to the UK –regardless of worries over the individual’s personal safety, although this relates to the European Court of Human Rights, a separate body. It follows a decade-long struggle to deport radical cleric Abu Hamza to the US.

Control of employment and social regulation and laws affecting the City of London should also return to the UK.

The recommendation to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant follows concerns, highlighted by The Sunday Telegraph, that it is used to hand more suspects to other countries than are received to face justice here.

Glyn Gaskarth, the report’s author, said it highlighted the gap between the UK’s vision and the “compromises our EU partners are willing to make”. “Negotiations must be evidence-based,” he said. “They cannot succeed if the UK does not have a firm idea of what it desires and what it is willing to accept. Having those firm ideas makes it more likely the negotiations will succeed. If the UK’s proposals are rebuffed or watered down, those pushing for exit will be emboldened. The EU would be shown to be incapable of reform.”
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