Sunday, 27 January 2013

Europe needs Cameron..

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 “√† 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.. 

Matthew d'Ancona gets it.