The way to differentiated integration in the Eurozone with the United Kingdom within the EU

Resolution submitted by: JEF PC1 – Institutions and Governance

JEF Europe,

A. Reaffirming its position that the EU is a project of all Member States;

B. Observing the ongoing discussions on the British Membership within the EU and the referendum proposed by the conservative government of David Cameron which could lead to a British exit from the EU that might not only have negative effects on Britain but also on the political unity within the Union as a whole with other Member States being tempted to follow the British example and engage in referenda about leaving the EU;

C. Judging the negotiation method – to negotiate advantages for the UK on the threat of a referendum – as being unacceptable in an EU based on respect and partnership;

D. Noting with concern that EU citizens residing in the UK cannot vote in the upcoming referendum on June 23, despite the consequences that a vote for “Leave” would entail for them;

E. Considering the political and economic uncertainty of the consequences associated with a British vote to exit the EU;

F. Considering that differentiated integration has been the preferred choice in European Integration over the past decades resulting in different levels of cooperation and European integration that are already in place, e.g. in form of the Economic Monetary Union, the European Economic Area, the Schengen Agreement or the Fiscal Compact;

G. Observing differences in the willingness of Member States to move the political integration of the EU forward while the EU will only be able to effectively confront the multiple crises it has been embroiled in over the last years through a further sharing of competencies on the European Level.

Therefore, JEF Europe,

1. Advocates for the United Kingdom to remain an active Member of the EU in order to cooperate with all other Member States in the creation of a European Federation;

2. Calls on all Member States to accept the outcome of the referendum as the will of the British citizens independent of the outcome;

3. Calls on all the Member States of the EU to uphold the long-term goal of an ever closer union bringing peace, prosperity and mutual understanding to the European continent through the deepening of political and social cooperation;

4. Speaks in favour of a differentiated integration process that is pursued by a single group of Member States that is willing to deepen their political cooperation if agreements involving all member states should prove to be unfeasible;

5. Supports the project of the European Commission to achieve a full political union in the framework of the Eurozone as outlined in the Blueprint on a genuine EMU and the recent Report of the 5 Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Mario Draghi, and Martin Schulz;

6. Believes that the success of the European project will depend on the concrete steps towards the European Federation taken by those Member States willing to further share sovereignty also in areas going beyond economic policy;

7. Understands that differentiated integration represents a political alternative to the full withdrawal from EU-membership: while some member states can prove the advantages of further political integration, others would retain the choice to follow a different integration path while remaining within the EU, without opt-outs or any concessions;

8. Demands that the process of differentiated integration should be open for all Member States willing to join, Member States not willing to join the single group of Member States moving forward should at any time be able to join the integration process;

9. Demands that Member States choosing to remain outside the process of further political integration shall not obstruct the political unification process of the vanguard group, however, member states outside this group shall be included as observers in the decision making processes to facilitate their inclusion in the political integration process;

10. Calls on the Member States and European Institutions to preferably organise the differentiated integration process within the framework of the European institutional framework and not through intergovernmental agreements;

11. Stresses that democratic accountability through the European Parliament has to be ensured for any measures of differentiated integration with the EP representing citizens of the Union as a whole and aiming to promote the citizens’ common European interest;

12. Calls for a treaty revision process that shall establish a European Federation according to the five principles laid out in JEF-Europe’s political platform, democracy and participation, subsidiarity, autonomy and division of competences, peace, Rule of Law and Human Rights and lastly united in diversity with all Member States of the EU becoming part of the European Federation.