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Is Euro-pragmatism here to stay?
Date 07/11/2010 15:36  Author webmaster  Hits 1232  Language Global
07 NOV 2010

Daniel Korski | Spectator Blog

I'm off to Brussels, capital of the superstate, home of the EUSSR, or whatever you might want to call it. It has made me re-engage with European issues for the first time in six months.

If Europe is not dead as a political issue in Britain then it is at least firmly stored in a coalition freezer, which can only be unlocked in the case of a thumping electoral for the Conservatives. But if the Tories scrape in at the next election or come up short of an outright majority,  David Cameron is likely to want the Coalition to continue.

That would mean another decade of euro-pragmatism. A decade is a very long time in politics. If, after ten years in government, the Coalition was to fail and Labour win or a Lib-Lab government was to be forged, then the trajectory is likely to continue into the future. That will scare most Spectator readers, but it is the most likely outcome as a thumping Conservative election victory is so unlikely.

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