How to Negotiate: the EU Method
The Irish government, which has just taken over the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, is (a) worrying about the UK’s possible exit, and (b) responding by saying that, no, now you mention it, David Cameron can’t repatriate any powers.
Thus the Michael Gove thesis – that our European partners will negotiate the terms of the UK’s membership seriously only if they are convinced that we are threatening to leave – will be tested.
You have to wonder whether the more communautaire approaches of, respectively, David Cameron and Douglas Alexander might stand a better chance of success. Unless you define success as the making of impossible demands and having to leave.
Footnote: I thought we went through that stupid nonsense of having an appointed nobody as President of the Council so that we put an end to the other nonsense of having a country holding a rotating presidency. It seems we now have both daft systems at the same time. It is as if they want to make us want to leave.
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