EU referendum as early as June after Cameron wins “red card” deal to block EU laws

Critics slam renegotiation as “choreographed charade”

David Cameron and Jean Claude Juncker President of the European Commission

David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, in January 2016

EU council president Donald Tusk will today unveil a document designed to keep Britain in the EU, while simultaneously handing the British government more independence from Brussels.

Can it really be done? The document is the product of Prime Minister David Cameron’s negotiations with the EU, and its key proviso is a “red card” system which in theory, will allow MPs in European parliaments to work together to stop or repeal new EU legislation.

It will also include a so-called “emergency brake” on EU immigration.

Exactly how this “emergency brake” will work remains largely unclear, but it is understood that it will focus on the British government blocking access to EU migrants claiming in-work benefits in Britain.

Donald Tusk

President of the EU council, Donald Tusk

The new powers on offer from Europe will be announced as a huge win for David Cameron in his plan to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership.

It is now highly likely Cameron will announce a referendum on EU membership in June.

However, Cameron’s critics denounced the deal, with Conservative Euro-sceptics taking aim at the immigration emergency brake plans, saying they will not make a difference to the numbers of EU citizens entering Britain.

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