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Eurosceptics always wobble when closer to power.

Posted by Jason O on Dec 7, 2011 in British Politics, European Union

The lights always come on when Number 10's door closes behind you.

The lights always come on when Number 10's door closes behind you.

David Cameron is a self declared Eurosceptic. He won the Tory leadership partially on his Eurosceptic credentials. Yet this week, as he prepares to go to the EU summit, what’s his biggest concern? Getting Eurosceptic concessions? Nope. What the British PM is most afraid of is not Britain being dragged into a de facto fiscal union, which the EU won’t do because this is after all, a union of consent, but that the others will agree an inner core, and Britain will be left out.

Just think about that for a minute. A man who built his political career on putting distance between the UK and the rest of Europe is afraid that Britain may actually be at a disadvantage if distance emerges between Britain and the rest of Europe.

Wow. That’s got to be embarrassing.

I wonder, is there some sort of maths formula that demonstrates how euroscepticism breaks down in direct proportion to its proximity to the realities of day to day government? The Cameron Formula?

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