UK Prime Minister David Cameron took a big gamble in raising the UK debate on Britain’s membership of the European Community in the way he has. His speech may be seen as an important and necessary step for the UK. But his demand for a full-blooded re-negotiation could alienate European neighbours who may be unwilling to unpick parts of the EU heritage to suit British domestic politics.

UK PRIME Minister David Cameron’s Europe speech was no anti-climax - even though its main elements had been so extensively leaked in advance.

It was aimed at different audiences, which explains some of the apparent contradictions. And it went for a ‘highest common multiple’ approach rather...

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 Michael Maclay
Yet, precisely because the speech was so well-judged in addressing his own party, wrong-footing his domestic opponents, and tackling the frustration of a British public increasingly sceptical about the EU, it has had a depressing and in some cases toxic effect on Britain’s European partners
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