David Cameron, as quoted on the BBC News website today:
It looks like this treaty is no longer going to be a treaty, it looks like it is going to become part of European law and that is going to create a new situation.
Does David Cameron simply not understand how the EU works?
Every treaty that has gone before the Treaty of Lisbon has been dealt with the same way: Member States agree a treaty, they ratify it, and it becomes law. Simple. It’s not as if the fact that Vaclav Klaus today put pen to paper that changes the process.
Essentially there have been 2 clear outcomes here for some weeks, indeed since Ireland voted Yes to the Treaty of Lisbon on 2nd October. Either Klaus and Kaczynski would have held out until next year, or they would have caved in (which turned out to be the case). Any Tory Party policy on the issue would have had to contain ideas to deal with either eventuality.
Instead David Cameron today almost seemed surprised, shocked even at the state of affairs, saying to the BBC that he will announce the Conservative Party policy on the issue “later this week”. Later this week? Hell, he’s had about a month to get his eurosceptic rabble in order and come up with a line to take, and he expects us to just accept that he needs a bit more time?
Aside from his U-turn on the issue of whether there should be a referendum, can he not come up with anything better than needing a bit more time? It makes him look a complete idiot, a point not lost on eurosceptic Barry Legg.