Is the Duke of Cambridge joining the In Campaign?
Prince William today hinted his support for Britain staying in the EU.
Making a speech at the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Academy awards ceremony, the Duke of Cambridge said that Britain is an “outward looking nation” with a “long and proud tradition of seeking out allies and partners”.
According to the Telegraph, the Duke said: “For centuries, Britain has been an outward looking nation. Hemmed in by sea, we have always sought to explore what is beyond the horizon. That sense of mission and curiosity is something that I know continues to drive our economy, our cultural and educational exports and our Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service. And wherever we go, we have a long and proud tradition of seeking out allies and partners.
“In an increasingly turbulent world, our ability to unite in common action with other nations is essential. It is the bedrock of our security and prosperity and is central to your work. Right now, the big questions with which you wrestle – in the UN, NATO, the Middle East and elsewhere – are predicated on your commitment to working in partnership with others.”
— Philip Hammond (@PHammondMP) February 16, 2016
The news comes as David Cameron is in Brussels to meet Martin Schulz, the German social democrat who is the head of the parliament. Cameron is negotiating settlement terms for a new deal for Britain.
However, Schulz refused to guarantee that the parliament would not seek to change draft settlement terms being negotiated.
Schulz said: “I can’t give a guarantee for the future of a legislation. No government can go to a parliament and say: ‘Here is our proposal, can you guarantee a result?’”
Also, one of Britain’s biggest trade unions, the GMB, today said it’ll back Britain staying in the EU.
A formal confirmation is reportedly due to be published after David Cameron’s renegotiations with the European parliament are complete.