Sunday, January 13, 2013

The UK-EU Relationship

David Cameron is now between the rock and a hard place. Even among his own camp, some, like Danny Alexander. the Chief Secretary to the UK Treasury calling the idea, "madness".

It all started when in September 2007, Mr Cameron caved in to the pressure from The Sun Newspaper and made the unpopular CAST-IRON GUARANTEE which the paper published. The actual text read.

"Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations.  No treaty should be ratified without consulting the British people in a referendum."

Although a few had always called for Britain to exit the EU, politicians at the top had always cleverly ignored or paid very little attention to the discussion due to the toxicity of the issue. Thus the question, 'Should UK stay or leave?', was best avoided.

To take that question on required that a solution is on the table, best of which is to keep pulling the weight on the EU discussion table and renegotiating terms instead of threatening a walk-out.

Although two years later in 2009, William Hague announced that the Cast-iron guarantee would no more hold. In a discussion on the BBC, then Foreign Minister, David Miliband said; "David Cameron's position on Europe is false and dangerous. He is willing to risk Britain's standing and the rights of British people because he is still not prepared to stand up to the right of his own party."

So as the Prime Minister wriggles under the weight of his own hasty indecision, it is best for all to sit back and watch him save himself finally from his own fence-sitting.

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