Britain’s deputy PM Nick Clegg has reportedly turned on prime minister David Cameron over the latter’s handling of crucial EU talks. With Britain isolated in Europe following Cameron’s refusal to negotiate over the Lisbon Treaty, Clegg has apparently decided that he can no longer take the political fallout that comes from being associated with the current eurosceptic Tory path.
Sources have been briefing all day on Saturday that Clegg is ‘furious’ over Cameron’s move. Some see the prime minister as having played a masterstroke to protect British interests in Europe, but Clegg reportedly sides more with those who believe the opposite: that Britain is now dreadfully isolated, has little influence, and will lose jobs as a result.
There is a growing perception in some quarters that Cameron has put the interest of the City of London over the need to promote manufacturing and jobs growth. This is a simplistic view and doesn’t take into account the need for the prime minister to consider the UK’s special role as, arguably, the financial heartland of the EU. Nevertheless, there is concern among some people that Cameron failed to negotiate and simply presented a list of unobtainable demands.