Source: Avenire, Italy, November 11
What Downing Street prefers to refer to as a “flexible union of free member states” is in fact a dictate – Anglo-Saxon humour remains true to form. This is a very elegant way of underlining the growing distance between London and the Continent, the former’s insuperable distrust of the EU, the euro and the community’s rules.
What Cameron is really saying is: Let us keep all the prerogatives, rebates and exemptions we have regarding the EU budget – and please take care not to come too close to our coastline. Only then may we do you the courtesy of remaining at least nominally in the EU. Excuse me, I mean the “FUFMS,” the Flexible Union of Free Member States.