November 6, 2009
Mr Cameron’s position is intellectually dishonest. He knows full well that he cannot “negotiate” further opt-outs, not least because the UK already has quite many. He wants to have his cake and eat it: staying in the EU in order to throw a spanner in the works wherever possible, but at the same time making EU-law basically non-applicable in the UK.
He should come clean and have his referendum, but on EU membership. But he not only fears the outcome, he also fears the debate. Not much of the leader he claims to be.
I wonder whether British people actually still notice that the EU is them as well. The whole notion of the EU being something fundamentally apart from Britain is nonsense. It’s the old ‘us and them’ thinking at work here. The EU is about collective decision-making. Describing this as imposing someone else’s will is disrespectful, undemocratic and ultimately xenophobic.
Ronald GrünebaumAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor