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British EU exit would be bad for EU and Britain: Dutch PM

Saturday 19 January 2013

Thumbnail image for eu flag single.jpgIt would be extremely serious if Britain leaves the European Union, prime minister Mark Rutte told a radio show on Friday evening.

The Netherlands has always supported British membership of the union and considers the country to be a trusted partner, Rutte said. Losing Britain would not only be bad for the EU but bad for Britain itself, Rutte said.

The Dutch prime minister was commenting on the cancelled speech on Europe which British prime minister David Cameron had been due to give in Amsterdam on Friday morning.

The speech was cancelled because of the Algerian hostage crisis.

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Although the British press may have the impression the Netherlands, like Britain, would like a different relationship with the EU, this is not the case, Rutte said.

We don't want a unique relationship with the EU,' he said. 'What we want is to have talks at a union level, with the 27 members, to decide what tasks can be better done in Brussels and what in the national capitals.'

Rutte said he was prepared to become involved in efforts to retain British membership.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

British EU exit would be bad for EU and Britain: Dutch PM. May be your PM can median between Britain and the German Oma , as the German heute-show names Fr. Merkel.

By Terence Hale | 19 January 2013 10:21 PM

WHile HK (or England alone, in case Scotland decides to secede) leaving may be bad for EU in the short term, it definitely will be bad for UK. I also believe it will be good for EU in the medium and long term, as it would allow EU to resolve its most important problem, which is it's lack of democratic responsibility without UK blocking every single advance on that point. This is necessary before the question of any further integration can be asked to the people of EU.

UK sabotaged all attempt to make EU more democratic and working better and is now criticising EU for it's broken mechanisms.

By frederic | 21 January 2013 8:23 AM

I think it is good for EU. EU will not be in this shit if it is not for UK (especially those that control the banking system).

By ufo | 21 January 2013 11:16 AM

It all boils down to trusting other people with your money, not a good idea considering the temptation to steal is so attractive.

By The visitor | 21 January 2013 12:09 PM

@Frederic - please give examples of this "sabotage".

By Roy | 21 January 2013 1:12 PM

@Frederic "UK sabotaged all attempt to make EU more democratic and working better and is now criticising EU for it's broken mechanisms." Ok, you don't like the UK, but please stop coming out with drivel, or at least explain to us all when this "sabotage" happened. Was it with the single currency? The Eurozone bailout? Incidentally, the worst thing about the EU is Jill Cousin's ego trip "europeana" based in The Hague. Now, there is a waste of money.

By What? | 21 January 2013 1:45 PM

I only wish the Netherlands would get out of the EU too.

(I shall now try the ridiculous and indecipherable CAPTCHA for the fifth time...

By woods | 21 January 2013 5:42 PM

UK: 25% tax , NL: 52% tax
UK: free healthcare ; NL: no comment ,still hurts
UK: my car tax : 170 pounds/year ; NL : 220 euro / trimester

NL,say what?

By Beu | 22 January 2013 10:13 AM

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