Only the prospect of an In/Out vote, he also grasped, would concentrate the minds of our EU partners. All European politicians claim to be in favour of a “more flexible” Europe, of EU “reform”, of greater “subsidiarity”, of less bureaucracy. But whenever the debate gets specific, the rhetoric changes aggressively: there can be no “cherry-picking”, no Europe “à la carte”, no “pick’n’mix”. Unless the rest of the EU believes that the risk of British exit is real, the prospects of meaningful repatriation are slim. Cameron’s speech is the culmination of a post-Lisbon strategy, not a U-turn – still less a capitulation to the Right..