Thursday 23 November 2017

Britain's drift from Europe is looking serious - for us

The campaign has found no room to discuss Brexit, but the next Government will have to face it head on, writes Colm McCarthy

Enda Kenny leaves at the end of the European Summit in Brussels. Photo: Getty Images
Enda Kenny leaves at the end of the European Summit in Brussels. Photo: Getty Images
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

The negotiations concluded yesterday in Brussels may have equipped David Cameron with enough concessions to claim that the European Union has reformed and that the UK electorate should back continued membership.

It is not clear that the goings-on in Brussels will prove decisive either way. Recent opinion polls are showing an average margin of only about 52 to 48 in his favour and voters may make up their minds in response to events which have yet to unfold.

There was never a conceivable set of concessions which would appease those, mainly but not exclusively in the Conservative Party, who want Britain out and there will be a vigorous campaign for Britain to exit.

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