I’ve just published an article in Progress on why the vacuum created by Cameron’s dilemma over his party’s EU policy is an opportunity for us to achieve real, meaningful policy reform in Europe:
The truth is that European reform is an ongoing process about policy, not a one-off symbolic event. The whole point of the EU is to be a non-stop negotiating forum, year in year out, on all the subjects where our interdependence makes it necessary to work together as neighbours. We can and do make changes to EU policy, and we do it every day.
So the kinds of changes we should fight for in the future — policy changes, not red herrings and political gambles — are very much up for grabs. There is a great swirling vacuum in the British debate about EU reform, and if Labour can fill it, we might just be able to turn the Europe issue to our advantage.