If all member states of the EU have ratified the Lisbon Treaty by the time of our next General election, it has been know for some time that David Cameron would have a slight problem. In that event, were the Conservative Party to have a 'post ratification referendum' it would have to be on an 'in-or-out' question.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Cameron has stated, in talking about a post ratification era: "Now, if those circumstances change, if the Germans ratify, if the Poles ratify, if the Czechs ratify, if the Irish vote Yes to the treaty, then a new set of circumstances [apply], and I will address those at the time." The newspaper article states that "He went on to signal that he would not consider a move that could lead to Britain leaving the EU." and continuing,he said "I want us to be in the European Union. We are a trading nation, we should be co-operating with our allies and friends in Europe over things like the environment and crime, of course we should."
So there we have it. Not only does he want the UK to remain a member of the EU, but he will not consider a move that could lead to Britain leaving the EU - something which is sure to please his Eurosceptic members! Neither does this latest statement address the problem of why, if we are a trading nation, that we should be co-operating with our allies and friends in Europe....of course we should - why we have to submit ourselves to the political will and dictates of unelected and unaccountable 'officialdom'.
It is a dangerous game Cameron is playing, in that it could well be some Conservative voters in the seats which he must win may well vote Ukip and thus allow the 'sitting' Labour candidate to retain his seat. By the same reasoning it could also well mean that some of his 'sitting' candidates could be defeated by a Ukip candidate, who then takes the seat.