Friday 20 October 2017

Tories must be careful what they wish for

Britain's concerns are real and should not be underestimated. It is essential for all concerned that they be given a fair and full hearing before any talk of a 'Brexit' is countenanced. (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Britain's concerns are real and should not be underestimated. It is essential for all concerned that they be given a fair and full hearing before any talk of a 'Brexit' is countenanced. (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Editorial

Editorial

According to the philosophers, the penalty for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. There seems to be a significant section within the British Conservative Party that holds this view concerning Europe. In ordinary times, their influence might not matter; but their pressure on their prime minister David Cameron could have perilous consequences for the EU as a whole.

Mr Cameron can scarcely afford to ignore a grouping of more than 100 backbenchers when the arithmetic is so precarious in the Commons. Nor indeed should he.

But butting heads with Brussels at this juncture is fraught with risk; especially at a time when the EU is battling with some significant issues, including the crisis in the Ukraine, migration and the moment of truth for the Greek economy.

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