Cameron weighs EU referendum
By Gaspard Sebag | Monday 02 July 2012
In a letter to
The Sunday Telegraph, on 1 July, British Premier David Cameron opened the door for a referendum on his country’s membership of the European Union before 2015. “The two words ‘Europe’ and ‘referendum’ can go together,” he wrote. Unhappy with the UK’s relationship with the EU, the prime minister believes, however, that “tactical and strategic patience” - waiting for the eurozone crisis to be settled - is necessary.
Cameron recognised the value of EU membership, in particular the benefits derived from the single market and cooperation in foreign affairs. Yet not all is rosy. “For those of us outside the eurozone, far from there being too little Europe, there is too much of it. Too much cost; too much bureaucracy; too much meddling in issues that belong to nation states or civic society or individuals,” wrote the UK premier. “Whole swathes of legislation covering social issues, working time and home affairs should, in my view, be scrapped.”
The UK’s relationship with the EU will have to be redefined, he believes. Cameron remained indecisive, however, as to what format could be used - either the next general elections in 2015 or a referendum - to do so. “The problem with an in-out referendum is that it offers a single choice,” he wrote.