Seems the boy Clegg believes the UK should sign up to the unwritten Eurozone treaty that Cameron non-vetoed a couple of weeks ago.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the new treaty on fiscal union should be “folded into” the existing EU rules.
That would require the UK to give its consent to an agreement that Mr Cameron refused to back last month.
In a joint statement with other Liberal leaders, Mr Clegg made clear he wants to end Britain’s role outside the new treaty, effectively reversing Mr Cameron’s historic veto.
Clegg warned today that Europe could only overcome the economic crisis by sticking together and avoiding “needless rivalry and isolation”.
Seeking to re-engage with European leaders in the wake of David Cameron’s treaty veto, the Deputy Prime Minister insisted: “We will not sort out this crisis by falling apart.”
Well the fact that the UK isn’t actually in the Eurozone and has actually benefited from this situation means I cannot imagine a single reason why we should sign anything of the sort, though I suspect Clegg might just be trying to play to the gallery of the pro Eurozone Lib Dems despite the fact that recent polls show support for his party to be nosediving due to having to actually deal with political problems rather than carping from the sidelines. Other than the possibility of losing his comfy EU pension, you’d think Clegg would be politically savvy enough to see which direction the political winds are blowing, and it isn’t towards Europe.
It would actually be politically inexpedient now for Cameron to sign anything of the sort before a general election and I rather suspect drafting such a treaty would not be completed before then assuming that such a treaty didn’t trip the imaginary boundaries requiring a referendum on the changes. The EU and the Eurozone are in dire straits at the moment and I cannot see this situation improving any in the immediate future. Whilst I suspect that Cameron might sign such a treaty in the future, at the moment his political instincts will be telling him that this is not a smart move and say what you like about Cameron, he might not have much in the way of a spine when it comes to Conservative values, but like Blair, he can read a situation very well and support for the EU would at the moment become a millstone around his neck.
As for Clegg? He’d do well to meditate on the saying “It’s best to keep quiet and be thought a fool, rather than opening your mouth and removing all doubt” Cameron is a politician, he understands politics even if he holds no strong beliefs, Clegg is just a fool who happens to lead a political party of fools.
Cameron will get his way.