June 22, 2012

E.U. Referendum Only Matter of Timing

Daniel Hannan, Daily Telegraph

EU

Both the big parties are groping their way towards an In/Out vote. (We can discount anything the LibDems say after this). But they are following different timetables. Labour inclines to a snap poll immediately after the general election, designed to split the Conservatives and confirm Britain's membership. Most Tories, as far as I can tell, want such a vote after a renegotiation. The idea seems to be to use the next treaty talks to strike a grand bargain: Britain will be helpful to those states wishing to establish a fiscal union among themselves if, in exchange, we can amicably derogate from the aspects of the EU which we dislike.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: European Union, United Kingdom

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

June 19, 2012
UK's First Shot in Syria Intervention
Con Coughlin, Telegraph Blogs
The British government's dramatic intervention to prevent Russia delivering attack helicopters to Syria represents a serious escalation in the West's involvement in the Syrian crisis. By freezing the insurance cover of the MV... more ››
June 20, 2012
Abolish the EU and the Euro
Yoav Tenembaum, LSE Blog
June 19, 2012
The Futility of European Elections
George Friedman, Stratfor
The more elections are held, the more the public will force their leaders in various directions. More often than not, this direction will eschew austerity and Germany. Over time this will solidify into a new map. While this... more ››
June 20, 2012
Europe's Crisis Has Changed Politics Forever
Sara Benwell, Egremont
Economic policy has always been important in politics, and people have always cared about fiscal policies that affect them directly, but not such a long time ago broader economic strategy only made up a small percentage of the... more ››
June 20, 2012
Who's Really to Blame for Euro Mess?
Mitch Feierstein, Daily Mail
Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, got snappish when asked about the Eurozone crisis by a Canadian journalist. ‘Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how... more ››