In his failed last-minute quest for special treatment over financ ial regulation, it would seem the Prime Minister has taken Britain out of the room where decisions on the future of Europe will be shaped. The consequences could well be a prolonged, bitter parting of the ways between Britain and the rest of the European Union, a divorce in which both parties lose.
Politicians and commentators across Europe have pronouced Britain’s move disastrous, that it has lost its seat at the European negotiating table, and that retaliation from Europe will damage Britain’s economy.
And it’s not just Europe that is upset with Cameron’s decision. So is his co-leader in the coalition, Nick Clegg, leader of the Lib-Dems.
To be sure, I should point out that Euro-skeptics in Britain are cheering Cameron’s decision and so, I would guess, are a majority in the country itself.
Will the decision affect Britain’s trade with Europe? If so, is this an opportunity for Canada to step up and increase our trade with the mother country?
Has Cameron isolated Britain?
What do you think?