Just as he did with the Scottish referendum, David Cameron has also pulled it off in the case of Brexit: the possibility that the UK will leave the EU. His negotiations with the EU have been efficient, giving him freedom of action on issues which, in any event, will have to be reformed, like the free movement of citizens.
BARCLAYS | If there is to be a June referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, an agreement between the EU and the UK on EU reform needs to be found this month. The 18 – 19 February EU summit is widely perceived to be seen as the best opportunity to strike a deal, though the possibility exists that a deal could be reached at a follow – up extraordinary summit, shortly after.
John Bruton | In June, the people of the United Kingdom may vote to leave the European Union (EU). At the moment, a narrow majority favors remaining in the EU, but a large group is undecided. That group could swing toward a “leave” position for a variety of reasons, including what might be temporary EU problems with refugees. However temporary the reasons might be, a decision to leave would be politically irreversible.
Fernando Barciela | European leaders are upset these days about the possibility of the UK abandoning the EU. But in the end, they seem convinced that this will be avoided.
JOHN BRUTON | With a refugee crisis, a banking union and the prospect of a Brexit, the European Union is faced with a host of questions. The situation was described at the EPP Congress as the “most serious crisis for the European Union since its creation.” This is not an exaggeration.
MADRID | July 22, 2015 | By Judith MacInnes | British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ploy to make a grand presentation on his plans for European reform at the June 26 Euro Summit was scuppered by the escalating Greece crisis.
LONDON | By Dr Simon Usherwood | Cameron needs to be able to show that a British agenda of market-based integration has traction in the EU and that he is ‘winning the argument’. He’s being ‘tough’ policy helps little.
BRUSSELS | By Ralf Grahn, lawyer and EU adviser | Sustained campaigns by anti-EU mass market papers deliberately distort public opinion, preparing the ground for secession (Brexit).