Sunday, June 17, 2007

Blair's EU Swansong

There is an EU summit on the 21st and 22nd of June, at which German Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek to revive the EU constitution. This, as you may recall, was rejected by the voters of France and Holland and then shelved, but now it's back and with it the proposal that more UK law should be decided elsewhere.

So, who's going into bat for Britain at the Brussels event? Well, this is where it gets a little odd. The British government team will be headed by Tony Bliar, who will cease to be Prime Minister on the 27th of June, and the other key player is Margaret Beckett, who is not tipped to remain as Foreign Secretary when Gordon Brown takes over. We don't have the A-team, we have the ex-team, a delegation that can be confident that they won't have to take any of the political pain of anything that they agree to. Tony Blair in particular may have interests other than the national interest in mind, when you consider that he may want the EU Presidency to one day become a line on his CV.

If I was Gordon Brown I would be a tad concerned.

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