Renegotiation is not an option. No amount of wiffle, passing for informed political comment, is going to make it any different. The Boy will not entertain renegotiation because he cannot.
Even if he threatened a veto, the "colleagues" are on to him. It simply isn't going to happen. There is no appetite for it amongst the "colleagues". The German leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, said: "A debate about treaty change will not help countries currently under pressure to regain the confidence of financial markets.
"I am sceptical about changing the Lisbon Treaty. European citizens are not interested in years of debate about EU structures and institutions. They want decisive actions to stabilise the crisis now". The German leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, says: "A debate about treaty change will not help countries currently under pressure to regain the confidence of financial markets.
Of course, the time to have had a referendum was when the Tories took office. But The Boy bottled out, and his MPs rolled over and let him. Now they are feeling the cold wind of contempt from their erstwhile supporters, and want to recover lost ground.
But it is too late, and this is not the opportunity. Once blown, it stays blown. The only credible option now is to get out, and they haven't the first idea of how to go about doing that. Their sins have found them out.
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