Tory Eurosceptics are becoming suspicious that the Prime Minister is not fighting as hard as they’d like in pushing for reforms in Britain’s relationship with the EU top brass, leading to possible UK withdrawal.
They see him as a hardened Europhile who is not putting his heart and soul into this campaign, and that he will claim a non-existent victory before the 2017 referendum to decide whether Britain stays in or not. Cameron has now submitted his “demands” to senior figures in Brussels, who do not surrender easily to requests from Member States, so great is their self-acquired autonomy.
And so far, this “menu” of reforms has been dismissed by some senior members of his own party as variously “feeble”, “inadequate” and even “meaningless”. They believe he will do everything in his power, without admitting it, to staying in the EU, regardless of the reaction of Brussels to his demands.
Tory Eurosceptics want to see a list of tougher demands from Cameron than the list he has provided. And people like Lord (Nigel) Lawson, a former Tory Chancellor, believe that even if Brussels concedes anything to Cameron, it will not make any difference to what they regard as the UK’s subservience to Brussels.
Lawson, and those of like opinions, want to see Britain restored to sovereign statehood.
But they fear Cameron’s ineffective campaign will have no effect on those virtually immovable Eurocrats. In short they have no faith in the Prime Minister’s actions.
The unspeakable atrocities in Paris last week have rightly dominated the news bulletins and the headlines ever since. It is beginning to look like an intractable problem.
But there is one area that should be looked at much more closely – and quickly. How many would-be terrorists are creeping into Europe under the cloak of the trails of migrants who are abandoning the Middle East? Much tougher action should be taken, especially when this very real risk exists.
One small mercy from these terrible events: just imagine the extra carnage that would have ensued if the would-be bomber had not been refused entry into the football stadium where France was playing Germany that evening.
Instead, he blew himself up outside the stadium. Good riddance.