David Cameron used the diplomatic equivalent of the nuclear deterrent in his negotiations with the Euro zone nations, yet the results were less than impressive.
There has been a lot of hot air floating around the commons and else where over the last few days, however, as usual Ed Miliband is failing to make any headway over the issue. His beloved brother however hit the nail on the head.
“This is the first veto in history not to stop something. The plans are going right ahead. It was a phantom veto against a phantom threat”
What has been revealed over the last few days is just how naive, inadequate and unbelievable has been the stance by David Cameron over the Euro zone issue.
It now transpires that there was little if any networking or laying the groundwork before the summit took place. Indeed even up until the final moments before David Cameron had his fateful meeting, his European “partners” knew very little about the demands he was about to make.
The UK, it turns out were isolated and out of the loop before the summit even started. There is little wonder, that the other European member states were not in a listening mood.
It appears either David Cameron and his advisers were completely incompetent, or a decision had already been made that a deal could not be brought back to the House of Commons no matter what.
What David Miliband got exactly right, is that you do not “use” your veto unless you will gain an advantage in doing so. You can “threaten” a veto, but it is something you should not use, if you want it’s effect to benefit you.
In this case we can see exactly why the veto was so badly used. The other 26 countries will do exactly what they like in any case. The UK now has fewer friends or allies and very little influence on the way ahead.