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Steering between the trivial and the impossible

Policy Network today published my paper analysing Cameron’s reform agenda and the likelihood of success in each key area.

The prime minister’s demands for the future of the EU vary hugely in relevance and plausibility.

With the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU now a certainty, David Cameron now has to finally spell out exactly what EU reforms he intends to seek. He does this knowing full well that proposals cannot at the same time satisfy his rightwing backbenchers and Britain’s EU partners. Looking at the headings he’s mentioned so far, they are a mixture of the silly and the sensible, of the easy and the tricky, of the relevant and the irrelevant. At the same time he is ignoring some open goals.

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