Not cock-up but conspiracy. Not stupid but sabotage. That is the inevitable verdict on the British government’s performance at the European summit on December 8-9. David Cameron’s coalition government was driven by the need to avoid a referendum onEurope – which device, perversely, they have entrenched in the British constitution.
Throughout the autumn, British ministers continued to insist, against the evidence, that no treaty change was in the offing. When reality dawned inLondon, the government had to stand traditional British policy on its head. Gone were the days of divide and rule, of keeping a seat at the negotiating table, of damage limitation, of defensive “red lines”; in came the new British policy of sabotage. Continue reading