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Mission accomplished. After a marathon thirty hours in Brussels, David Cameron returned to London Friday, February 19 at night. It happened to the promising European theatrically in Tip “fight for Britain” and threatening to walk out if he did not get satisfaction, could declare that rightly he had won the game: he obtained significant concessions on the four points it set. “ We are in the parts of Europe that work for us, not those who do not go us,” he summed up with satisfaction, promising both access British sovereignty and single market
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Yet also may have been difficult negotiations, they are only the first round in the huge poker party that the Prime Minister has committed promising in 2013, a referendum on maintaining ( “in”) or output ( “out”) of the European Union. The hardest is yet to come. Hold four-month campaign that will exacerbate the divisions in his own party and especially to win the “in” to the referendum
On Saturday morning, Cameron met his Government formalized the voting date – June 23 – and his own choice in favor of “in”. At the same moment he announced the duty of discretion that he required his ministers was lifted: everyone can now play its hand. The announcement on Friday that a heavy weight, the Minister of Justice, Michael Gove, a close friend of David Cameron, he would also campaign for the “out” could give courage to other members of the government to do the same.
Under pressure from eurosceptics powerful within the Tories, Mr Cameron was forced to agree to lift the principle of governmental solidarity during the referendum campaign. But the bad news for Mr Cameron could come from Boris Johnson, the London Mayor Eurosceptic until May, which could also challenge the Prime Minister, whom he dreams of succeeding. To try to retain this “sovereignty,” Mr Cameron is expected to launch Sunday a reform of the UK Supreme Court intended to grant him a control over European law.
Friday night at the same hour where the “deal” was sealed in Brussels, a thousand electrified europhobes attended just opposite the Westminster Parliament in the first Grassroots out campaign rally (GO), a movement that wants popular, multi and directed against the establishment . The assistance rather old, the Conservatives rubbed the Party voters for independence from the United Kingdom (UKIP), hailed Nigel Farage, the leader of the training devoted to “Brexit.”
the agreement reached by Mr. Cameron “not worth the paper it is written, thundered the boss of UKIP. It does not address the main concerns of the British people: the 55 million pounds it costs each day our membership, and the inability [EU] to control migration “<. / em>
the referendum will not only divide the Conservatives in power. Certainly, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, officially shelved his old Euroscepticism to defend the vote “in”. But he is reluctant to appear to support Mr Cameron, saying that there are “large” reasons to join the EU, such as employment and protection of workers and the environment. Cutting benefits migrants only impoverish then need to broaden their rights, he argues, also criticized the measures to exclude the City of European supervision.
Some in his party believe it gives arguments to camp “out” in the lampooning Mr Cameron claims and “his theatrical show.” Mezzo voce, they fear that his defense immigrants does not help the Labour Party to return to the fold former voters switched to UKIP. Nor to win “in”.
No doubt aware that the referendum is far from over, as evidenced by tight polls, David Cameron announced on Friday night that he was embarking “all [s] one heart and all [s] one soul” in the campaign. And immediately inaugurate some campaign arguments: “I am convinced that we are stronger, safer and more prosperous in a reformed European Union. “ Not to mention one of his favorites: I got ” the best of both worlds “
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