Duff provides nine pointers as to the possible way forward for the UK government, in terms of negotiations with Europe.
With treaty changes ruled out until after 2017 national elections in both France and Germany, the probability of major concessions is limited. However, with a positive attitude from all the negotiators, there could well be wins – in this regard win-win will be important – so perhaps we’ll see some concessions too?
For sure, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is on a tight-rope but he has a clear political mandate and he’s learned many painful lessons since historically deploying the veto.
Ultimately, the renegotiation will be a side-show and the main event will be the UK’s in/out referendum by 2017 but this could well be brought forward. The European Union will be trying to keep the UK in and painting a positive opportunity for the UK’s voters but Europe’s leaders have their own constraints.