So Cameron has finally got around to revealing what he considers the points of renegotiation necessary to keep the UK in the Fourth Reich. Has he got it right? Well, let’s take a look …
(1) “protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro countries”
Sorry, Dave, but don’t we already have that by being in the EU? So it’s not likely to be a sticking point is it?
(2) “boosting competitiveness”
Ditto point one – so what exactly are you talking about?
(3) “exempting Britain from ‘ever-closer union’ and bolstering national parliaments“
Well, we exempt ourselves from ever closer union by not signing up for it and by refusing to join the Euro – or are you trying to tell us that Brussels could force us to join the Euro without our agreement further down the road? And as for bolstering national parliaments, what about dealing with the question of the SNP voting on Sunday shopping laws in England. Show us that you’re dealing with the West Lothian question first and we might be convinced that you’re capable of doing the same in Brussels.
(4) “restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits”
Merkel has already said no to that one – and in any case we’re not interested in restricting migrants benefits, we’re interested in restricting migrants!
No, as far as I can see there is nothing of any real substance here and if that’s the best Cameron can come up with, then let’s leave now…