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Should I stay, should I go? (Continued)

In a previous post, I dealt with the uncomfortable position of United Kingdom vis-à-vis the European Union.

A position that UK expressed once again during the previous European Council when David Cameron, the current Prime minister refused to sign the agreement on budgetary policy adopted by all the EU Member States.

This agreement, which isolates UK from the EU once again, is provoking debates in the country, some people even questioning the British adhesion.

Furthermore, a British way out would have no advantage for Cameron in the framework of homeland policy despites the increasing pressure of the large part of the euro-sceptic Tories dreaming this beautiful day when United Kingdom leaves EU. But that was without allowing Nicholas Clegg, the current deputy Prime minister, pro-European liberal democrat leader (he was student at College of Europe, as me) and essential ally for David Cameron if this one want to keep his ruling majority and still be Prime minister.

Nicholas Clegg, British deputy PM, listening to David Cameron, the current British PM

 This explains the current debates in UK, just after a European summit which has clearly divided the liberal-conservative majority. David Cameron is in the posture, even if it means playing spoilsport while his country obtained important opt-outs, allowing to the EU to continue the integration without major problems.

It is not the first time Great Britain is rebelling and it won’t be the last time, as long as its government will ruled by more or less euro-sceptic leaders. As I’ve just explained, the ones betting on a schism within the EU will have to wait again because UK doesn’t want to provoke it. On the country, it still hopes to contest the Franco-German tandem leadership in order to express its own point of view better rather than undergo a too much federalist European integration, according to him.

The recent European Council showed this option was seriously questioned by the Eurozone Member States and the non-Member States. Even Denmark – which has the same opt-out than UK – accepted to sign and respect the deal concluded between EU Member States. In other words, the London intransigency, if it was effective with Margaret Thatcher, clearly found its limits with Cameron even if in the two cases, the European Union could go on.

So, if it is improbable that United Kingdom quits the EU, does it take some advantages to be isolated once again? The EU integration history showed in spite of its postures and its moods, Great Britain clearly knows where its interests are situated, and Great Britain never made mistakes.

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