Cameron's fight

Source: The Daily Telegraph

This week’s debate around whether David Cameron will be able to curb migrants' benefits and cut immigration as part of new settlement with the EU continues, with the PM embarking on a two day visit to eastern Europe. Speaking yesterday from Bucharest, Cameron claimed that the current level of net migration to the UK was "not sustainable" as he courted influential Eastern European nations to back his four key renegotiation pillars. This trip, which also includes a visit to Poland, signifies the UK Prime Minister’s burning desire to secure a renegotiated EU settlement which he can take back to the British people to vote on in a referendum.

The problem Cameron has is that he knows he is under pressure to succeed in securing renegotiated terms. Having backed himself into a corner by committing to a referendum by the end of 2017, Cameron is aware time is of the essence, and it is a very tall order to try and convince all member states to back his plans without watering them down still further. His failure to do so could result in him being forced into a rather awkward position of which side to back in an in-out referendum, having tended to position himself as fundamentally backing Britain’s membership of the EU. Every meeting the Prime Minister has from now on with an EU counterpart needs to go well.

Peter Folland

Hill & Knowlton Strategies Search