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Kevin Cunningham: 'EU must offer Britain new opt-out clauses or face a difficult future'

When self-preservation tops the agenda, history tells us the EU is not afraid to make concessions

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DEDICATION: Anti-Brexit protester Stephen Bray moved to London a few months after the June 2016 referendum. The rare-coin trader from Port Talbot in South Wales lives in an apartment near Westminster — and has spent the last 17 months wearing an EU flag and a Union flag, waving placards. ‘I’m here every day Parliament sits,’ he said. ‘I do Monday to Thursday, half 10 till six.’ Photo: Adrian Dennis/Gettya

DEDICATION: Anti-Brexit protester Stephen Bray moved to London a few months after the June 2016 referendum. The rare-coin trader from Port Talbot in South Wales lives in an apartment near Westminster — and has spent the last 17 months wearing an EU flag and a Union flag, waving placards. ‘I’m here every day Parliament sits,’ he said. ‘I do Monday to Thursday, half 10 till six.’ Photo: Adrian Dennis/Gettya

DEDICATION: Anti-Brexit protester Stephen Bray moved to London a few months after the June 2016 referendum. The rare-coin trader from Port Talbot in South Wales lives in an apartment near Westminster — and has spent the last 17 months wearing an EU flag and a Union flag, waving placards. ‘I’m here every day Parliament sits,’ he said. ‘I do Monday to Thursday, half 10 till six.’ Photo: Adrian Dennis/Gettya

It is time for the EU to offer a new membership deal for the UK with new opt-out clauses.

The current deal, situating the UK as a vassal state of the EU, can only be a temporary solution as it satisfies no one, omitting too many key benefits of the UK being either in or out. In the end, an outcome closer to either full EU membership or a more complete exit is more likely.


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