It was Groundhog Day on 2nd February, and it’s déjà vu all over again for the Prime Minister as he travels this week for another round of EU budget negotiations. Let’s remember that last year’s budget talks ended in stalemate as no deal could be found. Rather than settle the issue, the EU called off the talks and postponed them to this week.
Nothing has changed. Parliament sent him there to get a cut last time. He’s still mandated to get a cut this time. If he doesn’t, then again we face a constitutional conflict as parliament has basically been ignored.
The lesson, however, from this Thursday and Friday will be this: If David Cameron cannot renegotiate the EU budget, he won’t be able to renegotiate our terms of EU membership.
This could be a very difficult week for David Cameron.