What do we want? A referendum. When do we want it? “In due course”
A snippet from Matthew d’Ancona’s column in the Evening Standard today:
Most (though by no means all) of Cameron’s strategists believe that a plebiscite on any aspect of Britain’s relationship with the European Union would tear the Coalition to pieces. Better, the thinking goes, to wait for a fully Tory government, draw up a checklist of powers to be repatriated, and, in due course, put that renegotiated basis for EU membership to a popular vote.
Further evidence of muddled thinking in No 10. “Checklist of powers to be repatriated” indeed. That just means, “We don’t like the EU very much but we cannot remember why.”
Incidentally, the headline on d’Ancona’s article, “Will the Coalition love affair end in a quickie divorce?” is not number 826 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No because it will end in divorce quite quickly at some point. But no one knows when.Tagged in: eu referendum, euroscepticism, headline
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