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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
In Not Out
PM David Cameron has today pledged that, should his party win the next election outright, he will hold a referendum on Britain being in/out of the EU - if the EU does not agree to the UK's negotiating demands. I've seen this sort of tactic with Quebec - it created economic uncertainty, and damaged the relationship there between provincial and federal levels of government. Here, it is a worse proposition - for the UK is not an island that can, Reagan style, cowboy it alone. The UK's natural home is in Europe, for reasons of a cultural, and financial reason. Little Englandism aside, more is gained by the open borders and trade between Britain and the EU, than is ever lost - just ask the millions of Brits who travel to the continent each year, to holiday, work, or retire. Tediously, the old cliche is true: relations are a two-way street, but Cameron is positing a dead end. He must be voted out in 2015.