Public Service Review: Europe - Issue 25

25.04.2013

PS Public Service

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's recent speech on Europe was more about domestic politics, reflecting concerns of Eurosceptic elements of the Conservative Party than the European reality.

I suspect that with his referendum announcement the Prime Minister is playing a dangerous game for tactical, domestic reasons. I believe him when he says that he wants the UK to remain a member of the EU. But Cameron increasingly resembles the sorcerer's apprentice, who cannot tame the forces that he has conjured – forces that want to leave the EU for ideological reasons, to the detriment of the British people.

Attempting to revisit major parts of the Acquis Communautaire, and picking and choosing the bits of which the UK approves, sets a dangerous precedent. Indeed, it could lead to piecemeal legislation, disintegration and potentially the break-up of the union.

The full article is available here.