WATCHING the lone figure of Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Union summit yesterday reminded me of that classic quote from the British ambassador in Switzerland after a meeting with his German counterpart in the film, The Battle of Britain: It's unforgivable, I lost my temper. The maddening thing is he's right, we´ere on our own, and we've been playing for time...and it's running out. True words indeed because Britain is now effectively isolated from the other 26 members of the Euroopean Union and Britain is on its own. But Cameron had no option but to veto the new treaty because otherwise he would have risked a major revolt in his own party similar to the one witnessesd by former Prime Minister John Major in the early 1990s. The fact that France and Germany were not prepared to budge an inch on the Tobin tax, which would penalise the City of London, clearly shows that they were not open for negotiation. Perhaps, they wanted Britain to veto the treaty because Cameron has been making a nuisance of himself. The Prime Minister has been applauded by his own party for standing up for Britain in Europe. Unfortunately Cameron has left himself with few allies and Britain's relationship with the European Union is in doubt. I will end this piece with another classic quote from the same film: This is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end, but it may be the end of the beginning.
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