Letters to the Editor - March 2012

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Prisoner of the Past

I am surprised that James Ellison writes in Is Britain more European than it thinks? (February 2012) that what David Cameron sought in the December Eurozone crisis meeting was asked for ‘undiplomatically and at the last moment’. Cameron’s view was well known before he went to the summit, as was his willingness to negotiate. It was the refusal of President Sarkozy to consider negotiation which was ‘undiplomatic’.

Ellison goes on to say that Britain’s ‘greatest interests are European. Trade figures, financial ties, international politics and, to an extent, law all point that way. So does the fact that so many Brits holiday in Europe’. Is this correct?

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