David Cameron’s Europe speech is high-risk strategy

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's referendum gamble (photo:dpa)
UK Prime Minister David Cameron's referendum gamble (photo:dpa)

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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