Now he has had the chance to settle into office and find out who can be trusted and who can't be he has suddenly flipped, but pretends he is still pro the euro and much else. He's tricking them and when he wielded the veto they just didn't expect it and it caught them off guard. They bleated like hell about it, especially the French, but that was not because they were all-powerful, rather they did it in desperation. We also won a neutral budget settlement across the entire EU. They wanted over 5% increase but we got it down to 2% after 18 hours of solid negotiation. This was something else the French resented.
So perhaps he has smelt victory, but didn't want to start a war before he had done some groundwork. It seems like the sensible way to go about it. You don't want to pick a fight and lose, so they did so when the Lib Dems were down in the polls. It seems to me that the public support and the support from business is giving him a very strong hand now. I just hope he carries on. He has already gone further than Lady Thatcher. Lady Thatcher never blocked an entire treaty. I mean that is what we are talking about here. Fiscal union is not in the least bit just a slight change to a treaty, but they dare not call it a new treaty after Lisbon.
They are getting crushed. I think there is a fair chance that fiscal union won’t be agreed with. What the Cons are doing at the moment is they are trying to get as many countries on their side as possible. They want to restructure the EU into a free trade area and away from a political union, but with the possibility that countries could opt for political union if they want to, and especially the eurozone members. They know that this will just mean the ones who opt for full political union are going to be dragged down to the depths of hell and want to opt out of it, but remain in an outer trade area. It’s a pretty neat trick if they can pull it off, and it won’t be the EU as we know it. It answers the problem about trade sanctions being waged against us if we just dropped out completely.