David Cameron will attempt to convince “moderate people” to remain in the EU by warning of the the “risky alternatives”, it has been claimed.
The Prime Minister has told European leaders that the British public will “ultimately vote for the status quo” in a referendum because he will warn of the dangers of leaving, according to reports.
The claims, contained in a leaked memo, appeared at odds Mr Cameron’s insistence that his approach to the referendum will be “wholly positive”.
Speaking at the conclusion of a Brussels summit, he said that he believes Britain’s membership of the European Union is beneficial and that reforms will make it even more so.
What’s the “ultimately” doing in the British public will “ultimately vote for the status quo”? I suppose it means that if they don’t vote for staying in the EU the first time round, then they’ll be asked to vote again until ultimately they get the ‘right answer’.
The leaked memo was yesterday seized on by Eurosceptics. Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, said it exposed the Prime Minister’s renegotiation strategy as “one giant con”.
The memo, obtained by The Guardian, says that the Prime Minister has the “firm aim” of remaining in the European Union.
It says: “He believes that people will ultimately vote for the status quo if the alternatives can be made to appear risky.”
David Cameron has accepted there may be no change to the EU’s treaties to accommodate Britain’s demands ahead of a referendum, the BBC understands.
So there won’t be any change. Maybe just the vague promise of change.
In other EU comment:
…the negotiations are nice and all, but they’re not going anywhere, and they never will. The Troika side of the table is interested in one thing only: to humiliate Athens and force it into ultimate submission, along the lines of those photographs we’ve come to know of Abu Graibh.
It’s time for Tsipras to turn to his people, on national TV, and say look, whatever we can discuss with the Troika, and whatever compromise we may be able to reach, there is no option on or off the table that would allow for you, the people of Greece, to not be debt slaves for the rest of your lives.
The European Union is merely a crude modern version of a feudal society (but without the debt jubilee older versions had), that’s all the morals that Brussels and Berlin can muster. And, Tsipras should say, if that is what you want, if you want to be slaves instead of a free people, tell me so. I will draw my conclusions from that.
The Slog reckons that the Greek government will be replaced:
The approach of zero compromise, zero Syriza victory – and removing the Left obstacle (while leaving open a lifeline for the Greek banking system) may seem clueless and incoherent, but it is anything but: the triumph of EU Will will teach the other ClubMed rebels a lesson, and the humiliation of Syriza will tarnish its appeal; so long as the Greek banks are kept alive until June 30th, the Troikanauts reason, they have nothing to fear.
There is but one possible extrapolation from that conclusion, my dear Watson: unless Syriza caves completely before that rigid IMF deadline, some form of EC directive via the eurogroupe will replace the Athens political government with technocrats. They can do it, and they will get away with it in the face of small-scale murmurings from the outnumbered Non-Violent Extremist communities.