Cameron is pushing the UK further out towards the fringes of the European Union.
But is this necessarily a bad thing? If the UK only wants to be a partner on a trading basis, perhaps we should give up any political influence that doesn’t relate to that.
There is absolutely no doubt that it will bite him – and us – in the backside later on as the European-Political-Union countries divvy up the best deals between themselves.
Cameron’s gamble is that this will only affect the well-being of plebs like you and This Writer, while the conditions he negotiates will ensure that Tory donors – big businesses and those who own them – will see ever-greater benefits at our cost.
What do you think?
David Cameron has been told by an influential German MEP that Britain will need to forfeit its veto in European Union decision-taking if it wants to be exempted from the EU’s definition as an “ever closer union”.
Manfred Weber, the politician who leads the bloc of European Christian Democrats, met the UK prime minister last Friday to discuss the referendum and British negotiations with the rest of the EU, which have been gathering steam since the general election.
Weber said Cameron’s demand that ever closer union should not apply to Britain could be accommodated by a special “protocol” to the EU treaties enshrining a UK opt-out.
“But if there is a request for an opt-out for the UK, we can ask for compensation,” he said. “If the British want an opt-out, the rest of the union can ask that they lose their veto on the system. They cannot have the right to block the others if the others want to go forward. We should add [to any opt-out] that Britain has in the future no right to use its veto in any domain if the others go further [in integration].”