Get the big picture

Eurosceptic campaigners were up very early this morning, rubbishing Cameron’s draft EU deal as pointless and inconsequential before it was even published. But of course: if you want to stick to the hackneyed old line that the EU is unreformable, then you have to find some way to dismiss every single reform, and this is no exception.

In reality, there are few surprises in the draft. It’s a mixture of reasonable improvements, trivial tweaks and irrelevant details. But we mustn’t miss the big picture. The upcoming referendum is not on Cameron’s reforms — it’s on the much bigger question of our European Union membership.

And on that much more important issue, there is no room for negotiation. For jobs and trade, for workers and consumers, for our country’s security and much more besides, we must keep Britain at the heart of Europe.

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