The BBC reports Nick Clegg’s reaction to David Cameron’s speech on the EU. The Liberal Democrat leader made it clear that he thought it was not in the national interest to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership. He said that the biggest challenge facing Britain was a fragile economy and that the Liberal Democrat priority was to build a strong economy in fair society. Yes, that phrase again. Something tells me we’d better get used to hearing it.
He added that it was up to David Cameron what went in the Tory manifesto, but that his priorities were reforming the EU, supporting a referendum if there were a major change as outlined in legislation and prioritising jobs and growth. He felt that years of uncertainty would damage our economic prospects.
My view is that years and years of uncertainty because of a protracted, ill-defined renegotiation of our place in Europe is not in the national interest because it hits growth and jobs.
* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings