In a nutshell

Courtesy of the Telegraph’s morning briefing email comes this rare gem of truth in respect of Cameron’s renegotiation strategy/plan/wishlist.


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2 thoughts on “In a nutshell

  1. Mr Cameron is not a Conservative, that’s for but what makes him dangerous is that he doesn’t frighten the horses. Remember the atmosphere throughout the country in final year of the labour party rule; I recall it was febrile and on the brink of widespread civil unrest . But since 2010 we have been treated equally badly and yet I feel there is a general air of calmness. I put this down to the skill of Mr Cameron and his co-conspirators. Thus I think the EU out movement has a very high mountain to climb if we are to win.

  2. J in C By general consensus your comment is recognised “EU out movement has a very high mountain to climb if we are to win.”. Like rabbits caught in car headlights the ‘sceptic community appears to be mesmerised and resigned to losing in any future referendum, but that is not surprising or unrealistic given the scale of the opposition which is already being mounted.
    No amount of Brexits, Flexcits, and other theoretical answers can substitute for actual political power, which still lies with parliament, and with the Torys, even with a slim majority. There is another route out and one which cuts the Gordian knot of EU hegemony which also has the virtue of “not frightening the horses” IMO (although the author of this blog and I differ on this)
    Assuming for a moment that the referendum will be lost by the ‘ins’ what then?
    Power and control can still be wrested out of the hands of the EU if the political will is there to exercise it, and there may be a sufficient number of Tory rebels to implement another course.
    It is to initially amend the ECA 1972 as to massively diminish the power of the EU to ‘make our laws’. The amendment need only ensure that all EU legislation is subject to parliamentary scrutiny (already the case but unenforceable under the ’72 Act), and what is not deemed in the national interest over ALL policy areas is accepted or rejected. I understand a number of Tory MPs have already backed the principle, but not thus far any policy to amend the Act.
    I believe this is not only doable, effective in terms of returning power back to our own elected parliament, but also that it would be popular with the electorate.
    This is as near to leaving the EU which is politically possible at present without actually implementing the ‘nuclear option’ of repealing the Act.
    Once the Act has been amended and a selective process is in place and working, then in time the Act can be safely repealed as being superfluous to requirements.
    That then concludes the actual Brexit and begins the longer task of uncoupling 40 odd years of EU law and treaty enactments.

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