January 13, 2012
By Ronald Stewart Brown
Tensions have already risen on both sides of the Channel following David Cameron’s recent rejection of any new treaty which did not give the UK reasonable safeguards against damaging new single market and financial services regulation.
These tensions can only rise further. Three years from now, a new voting system will mean the eurozone countries can caucus to outvote the UK and other non-eurozone countries in all areas of legislation governed by qualified majority voting.
That may begin to look more like subjugation than isolation.
For negotiating purposes it must make sense to know how the UK could walk away from the table. But the strange thing is that neither of the most widely canvassed ways for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) would actually work.
Some say we could just leave the EU without any new trade agreement and rely on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements to […]