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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Cameron will con us into staying in the EU


In response to Cerberus: Cameron has no intention of leading the campaign to quit Europe, oldredmerc wrote

Cameron won’t lead a Leave campaign. His strategy is working – he has admitted that the EU needs reform and has also discredited leaving by  trashing the Norway option (which is probably the best route as an interim solution).

He can therefore propose a middle ground solution – Associate Membership, aka The British Option, a “new relationship” for Britain with the EU and the new deal will involve Britain becoming a second-tier member within a “reformed EU”. This is a proposal that previous British governments have rejected on the basis that such a deal would be an unacceptable compromise.

The proposed deal outlined in the Bertelsmann/Spinelli, A Fundamental Law, would involve Britain remaining subordinate to EU institutions, without influence in the global intergovernmental forums that determine more than 80 per cent of Single Market regulations and without even a full seat at the heart of the sub-regional EU.

Cameron is willing to submit the UK to supranational EU governance and a subordinate role for Britain in global affairs. Unfortunately, because the electorate is unlikely to be made aware of this, Cameron will successfully sell his British Option solution as a good deal and we will remain in the EU on a worse basis than now.

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