Comments on: Cameron’s cack-handedness risks Brexit http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/06/16/camerons-cack-handedness-risks-brexit/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: celtthedog http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/06/16/camerons-cack-handedness-risks-brexit/comment-page-1/#comment-800 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:54:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=817#comment-800 Too many errors in here.

Cameron pulled the Tories out of the EPP because the party platform specifically calls for a “federal Europe.” This is contrary to the Conservative Party’s policy on Europe. Cameron was thus right to withdraw.

Cameron did not “blackmail” the EU in 2011. He merely requested several safeguards for the City of London in exchange for his support. Cameron, like every other European leader there was negotiating for the benefit of his nation. Oddly enough, it’s only when the British look to their own interests that it’s considered “anti-European.” Everyone else may be as selfish as they like.

Cameron sees the attempt to make Juncker the next EU commission president as an unjustified power grab by the European so-called parliament. The president of the commission is to be chosen by consensus among the heads of state and not at the behest of the European so-called parliament.

If this does lead to our leaving the EU, then so much the better. Apart from a few privileged individuals in business, politics and the media no-one in Britain supports political integration with Europe. We are better off out.

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By: Alisdair http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/06/16/camerons-cack-handedness-risks-brexit/comment-page-1/#comment-797 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:01:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=817#comment-797 Cameron is right to come out and be clear about what he thinks, as long as it is articulated clearly, rationally and impersonally, which it has been thus far.

Better to have it out; mean what you and say what you mean!
Cameron tried to enlist Merkel in avoiding the setting of a precedent regarding the spitzenkandidaten and she and her cohort were sympathetic and in agreement. The political mood then seemed to swing, largely as a result of the German press and its relations with members of the EP.

The EP has no right to declare themselves the authority for electing the EC President, that on its own is reason enough to veto Junker (and the all the other spitzenkandidaten); the reasoning that Junker in particular has a diametrically opposing opinion and intention to that expressed by the electorate is even more reason. It is appalling that political pundits continually arrive at the conclusion that politicians should never nail their colours to the mast. It is largely why we have such a lot of spineless career politicians running much of the west these days.

Your implied suggestion that we should try to do a deal behind closed doors and then back off like it doesn’t really matter if we lose perfectly encompasses why the UK is utterly unsuited to European politics. The talk of blackmail is ridiculous, it is clear and obvious fact the UK will be more inclined to leave the EU if there is no reform.

I am rather pleased Cameron has chosen not to horse trade one’s principles to reach a consensus.

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