Now that the Conservative Party conference is over it's back to reality for David Cameron and his much vaunted plan to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership of the European Union.

And the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has put a rather large spanner in the works of that particular endeavour.

Speaking to the Telegraph he said that there were two ways that this could be achieved:

The first would be to take the full body of EU legislation (acquis) and inspect its 150,000 pages line by line to see if changes could be made for the UK – this would be the 'pragmatic and reasonable approach' said Barroso.

The second way would be to have a 'fundamental discussion about the competences of the EU, even in terms of renationalisation'.

But he went on to say of the latter that 'I think the second approach is doomed to failure'.

Mr Barroso also went on to dismiss the PM's claims that there was wide support amongst EU member states for renegotiation and repatriation of powers.

Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, has today applauded José Manuel Barroso's frank honesty over David Cameron’s plans to fundamentally revise the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

Yet again”, he said, “We see European politicians telling the truth about the realities of the EU. Barroso describes Cameron’s plans as “doomed to failure”. So they are.

It is about time that the pro European establishment of this country was honest with us. There will be no change in our relationship with the EU, before during or after Cameron’s futile renegotiations. The EU knows this, Cameron knows his and the people of this country need to know this too.

It is no use being promised a referendum on the never never. This country needs honesty and a choice now.”

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