More detail on Europe, Cornwall MP George Eustice tells Prime Minister
A Eurosceptic Westcountry MP has urged David Cameron to "flesh out" his vision for clawing back power from Europe – but warns against a snap in-out referendum.
Next week the Prime Minister is due to make his keynote speech on Britain's relationship with the European Union and other continent-wide institutions.
Writing in today's Western Morning News, George Eustice, Cornwall Tory MP and Mr Cameron's former press aide, says the Prime Minister "must start to set out what would be in the next Conservative manifesto".
Mr Eustice, who points to the potential to loosen ties with Brussels over farming and fisheries policies, said after detailing the powers to claw back, Mr Cameron should "seek a mandate for that position at the next election", set for 2015.
Any referendum would be after that date, the Camborne and Redruth MP suggests, as an earlier national vote could be a "distraction which undermines the central aim of re-negotiation".
Mr Eustice writes: "We need to flesh out in more detail what a future re-negotiation would look like and seek a mandate for that position at the next election.
"This could include taking powers back in areas such as social and employment policy, a looser relationship with the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy and the return of responsibility for regional policy, which could mean we have more to spend on regeneration in Cornwall.
"Such a new deal could also involve clipping the wings of wayward EU institutions like the European Court of Justice which currently has too much power."
Europe is once again threatening to be an issue that deeply divides the Tory party.
Some MPs are demanding Mr Cameron calls a referendum on staying in the union much sooner.
At a lunch with journalists in Westminster yesterday, Mr Cameron said his major speech would be delivered shortly.
He said: "The political mood in Britain, I think, is settled behind the need for quite significant reform in terms of Britain's relationship with the European community.
"I do think we have to show some tactical patience. There's still a fire-fighting operation going on in the eurozone.
"(But) in the coming years there will be a big opportunity for a fresh settlement."