Cameron Panders to Far Right Euro Skeptics
With this move Cameron appeals not just to the most conservative members in his party but also to fringe nationalist parties that style themselves as “Euro Skeptics” like UKIP and the BNP.
The prime minister said he wanted to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU, before asking people to vote.
The British people would face a “very simple choice”, he stated, either to accept the result of the talks or to leave the EU altogether.
France and Germany both warned the UK could not “cherry pick” EU membership.
Labour said Mr Cameron was “weak” and being driven by “party interest”, while the PM’s coalition partner, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, said “years of uncertainty” caused by a future referendum would hit jobs and growth and “was not in the national interest”.