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Enjoy today, because the EU time-bomb is ticking

Norman Tebbit

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Certainly the UK prime minister will have problems within the Conservative parliamentary party over Britain’s relations with the European Union
Certainly the UK prime minister will have problems within the Conservative parliamentary party over Britain’s relations with the European Union

David Cameron better enjoy today. The EU debates to come will leave him scarred.

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Mr Cameron is now back in No 10, with a majority, but not without some storm clouds already gathering on the horizon. He may soon be looking back nostalgically to the days of coalition when he had only to agree a deal within The Quad, (himself, Mr Osborne, Mr Clegg and Mr Alexander) to know that it would stick in the cabinet and the Commons, even if not in the Lords.

Now, like Mr Major, he may find greater difficulty in dealing with his own awkward squad and find himself having to rely on other parties, or dissidents amongst them, to help him out. He would be wise to choose his Whips Office with very great care. Nor is he particularly fortunate in having Mr Bercow as Speaker in what might be difficult days, especially if he goes ahead with changing the rules of procedure to make good his pledge of 'English votes on English laws'.

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