Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more a Conservative Prime Minister heading to Europe – battle lines to be drawn, powers to be fought over, and with faint whispers of domestic treachery in the air. Tory Party history is littered with leaders who have met their ends on the political battlefields of Europe; David Cameron will have to play a tricky hand pretty deftly if he is not to become another casualty.
Thus far, we have witnessed the standard political trick of the proverbial can being kicked down the road. With the euro crisis finally limping to what must be its denouement and the 17 countries that comprise the eurozone now potentially forming their own fiscal union – in essence a brand new country – the end of that road has been reached.
As they say though, necessity is the mother of all invention and opportunities are often borne of crisis. The potential development of what we could deem a “multi-speed” Europe could be advantageous to Britain’s interests, in the sense that the EU would no longer feel the need to force all member countries to adopt EU-wide legislation and the kind of regulation that has ch