Thursday, June 23, 2016
I have long felt that Britain would have far more influence in the EU if it was less half-hearted about its membership. For example instead of coming back every few years to squeeze a better deal out of the other members, it should propose a long-term mechanism which would periodically review every member country's contributions to ensure they remained fair, then seek support from other countries to implement it.
If Britain does vote to leave, I predict that within a few years Scotland will vote again on whether to remain in a United Kingdom that would be very different from the one they chose to remain in last time. Having secured their independence, they would then reapply for EU membership, leaving the rump of the UK out in the cold with diminished influence. But hey, at least Boris Johnson's ego would be stroked. What could be more important?