STRAIGHT TALK­ING Cam ‘deal’ not worth pa­per it’s writ­ten on


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WITH all due apolo­gies to Shake­speare, the David Cameron road­show on dis­play in Brus­sels this week should be re­branded Much Ado About Noth­ing.

Be­cause that’s pretty much the sum to­tal of what he’s go­ing to achieve.

The Prime Min­is­ter is cur­rently here on my stamp­ing ground in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment grov­el­ling for his political life. And he’s get­ting ab­so­lutely nowhere.

So des­per­ate is he to stay in the gi­gan­tic, ex­pen­sive disas­ter that is the Euro­pean Union that he’s pre­pared to ac­cept al­most any com­pro­mise on his al­ready wafer-thin “rene­go­ti­a­tion” de­mands.

But in one way I’m ac­tu­ally glad that eyes were on the hub of all things EU on Tues­day, as for once it meant the Bri­tish pub­lic could see bet­ter how this ar­cane or­gan­i­sa­tion works.

Cameron’s “deal” is noth­ing of the sort, be­cause noth­ing in it is bind­ing.

The only way his tiny re­forms will ever see the light of day is if they re­ceive Euro­pean Par­lia­ment ap­proval – which means get­ting ALL mem­ber states to vote the same way.

As sev­eral East­ern Euro­pean coun­tries have al­ready ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure over the PM’s sug­ges­tion of lim­it­ing ben­e­fits to mi­grants, that means such a vote is un­likely.

But it was ever thus in the EU. That’s pre­cisely how it works – or, rather, how it doesn’t work – for Bri­tain.

We might be one of the largest net con­trib­u­tors into the huge EU money pot, but that’s pretty much where our in­flu­ence ends. MORE freez­ing cold weather sees parts of the coun­try creak­ing un­der snow­drifts.

And all this af­ter an un­sea­son­ably warm Jan­uary.

It all proves one unas­sail­able fact, doesn’t it?

That cli­mate is def­i­nitely al­ways chang­ing!

It’s all very well the so-called “re­maini­ans” in­sist­ing we’re bet­ter off in where we can help to in­flu­ence EU think­ing.

The truth is, we can’t. The UK is seen as a mem­ber of the awk­ward squad in Brus­sels and so try­ing to get all mem­ber states to go along with what they see as spe­cial treat­ment for Brits is nigh on im­pos­si­ble.

On the off chance Cameron ac­tu­ally won the ref­er­en­dum – the ref­er­en­dum we’re only get­ting thanks to UKIP pres­sure – his “deal” could still eas­ily be holed be­neath the wa­ter­line by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

It would also be sub­ject to the judge­ments of the Euro­pean THE EU is to phase out its 500 euro note as it’s hardly used.

Com­ing soon – the EU phases out the Euro en­tirely! Court of Jus­tice, which isn’t ex­actly Bri­tain’s best mate, ei­ther.

You’d ex­pect a UKIP MEP to say Cameron’s ever-thin­ner rene­go­ti­a­tion pack­age is use­less, but just look at what’s NOT in it.

No changes to the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy. No changes to the Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy. No change on free­dom of move­ment.

And even if those vi­tal top­ics had been in­cluded in the pro­posed re­forms, th­ese were the words of Euro par­lia­ment pres­i­dent Martin Schulz only yes­ter­day morn­ing: “To be quite clear, no govern­ment can go to [the Euro­pean] Par­lia­ment and say this is our pro­posal, can you give a guar­an­tee about the re­sult?”

So the score is this: What­ever is sup­pos­edly agreed upon this week won’t be put to the vote in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment un­til AF­TER Bri­tish vot­ers have de­cided whether or not to leave the EU.

By then, if we’re out, Cameron’s deal will have been en­tirely point­less any­way. And in the un­likely case we’re still in, the deal will still most likely be out-voted by our EU “part­ners”.

So there is no deal worth the pa­per it’s writ­ten on. What you’re wit­ness­ing this week is a farce, a to­tal cha­rade.

But the Bri­tish pub­lic aren’t as daft as Cameron seems to think. They’ve waited 40 years for the chance to say good­bye, not to Europe, but to the EU.

So let’s bring on the ref­er­en­dum so we can start pack­ing our col­lec­tive suit­case.

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