Mark Mardell in his BBC Euro-Clog has asked the question – what will happen when Cameron has to deal with the issue of Europe, once in power? In his post Tough Tory Choices he runs through various complex and difficult scenarios that he imagines might occur.
I prefer to keep things very simple.
My suggestion is as follows –
The first step must surely be to invite the EU to consider Conservative proposals for a changed relationship with the EU.
The EU’s response to these proposals should be put to the British people in a referendum, with its first question as follows –
Do you accept this offer, or not? Yes or No.
If the response is ‘NO’, there would be a second question.
‘As you do not accept these terms, what action woould you like the government to take?
1. attempt a further renegotiation
2. would you prefer Britain to withdraw from the EU?
If a majority votes YES to the first question, then the withdrawal/renegotiate question would not apply.
If a majority votes NO to the first question, then the withdrawal/renegotiate question would become the significant one.
This process could be repeated until the voters voted either to accept – or withdraw.
Imagine the reaction in various quarters!
Top picture shows Mark Mardell interviewing Griff Rhys Jones. Maybe Griff could help Sarkozy and other Euro-wonders overcome collective sense of humour failure, were Cameron to raise the issue of renegotiation.