The ongoing farce of the so called renegotiations by our Europhile Prime Minister continues, despite the obvious crises now engulfing Europe, with even the exposure of the failure of the Euro by the Greek debacle being eclipsed by the catastrophic effects of the Schengen agreement. That these talks are effectively being held in secret, without it being made clear just what Cameron is asking his EU cronies to concede merely illustrates that this is yet another attempt by the political class to use smoke and mirrors to bamboozle the British people in supporting our participation in the disastrous European project.
That those who lead the EU will never make any meaningful concessions is made clear by the statements they have made concerning them. Martin Schulz, the speaker of the European parliament, says that British demands are motivated by lies about immigrants and national resentment. Guy Verhofstadt, a former PM of Belgium who has invited Cameron to speak to the European parliament, states "The reality is we still don't know what it is that he UK Government wants, let alone what is being renegotiated now behind closed doors. He has often accused the EU of a democratic deficit so it would therefore be very strange for him to refuse an opportunity to openly discuss his proposals". The most honest appraisal is given by Xavier Bettel, PM of Luxembourg, who said that Britain could not expect anything from the renegotiations, ruling out any sort of opt-out on ever closer union, saying "What is best for the UK is always what is best for the EU. I am not in favour of a Europe a la carte". The arrogance of a leader of such an insignificant country will annoy Eurorealists but they cannot deny that his is the authentic voice of the EU in all its undemocratic glory.
As far as the referendum is concerned, although opinion polls are usually wrong, they seem to indicate that the electorate currently wishes to remain within a 'reformed' EU, a creature that has never, does not and will never exist. The utter failure by the Prime Minister to clarify just what he is asking for only confirms what any sensible person knows, that the changes which might actually make a real difference to our relationship to the EU are not even under discussion.
The issues upon which such changes should be made are not difficult to identify. An end to our excessive membership fees, the abolition of the insane Schengen agreement, which actively encourages massive economic migration into and across the EU, the removal of the CAP, created to keep French allotment holders in business, and of the CFP, the result of Heath's determination to join the European project at any cost, including the betrayal of the British fishermen. In addition the removal of the burden of legislation which is stifling business and the acceptance that the single currency has failed and must be abandoned. Above all that the fundamental aim of creating a single European state is contrary to the interests of all the peoples of Europe and must be discarded.
It is only necessary to read that list to know that here is not a hope in hell of it being agreed, as to do so would be to accept that the whole project was a mistake from the outset, something we know to be true but something the political class will never concede.
If it were remotely possible we could aim to negotiate a return to being a member of EFTA but with some sort of free trade agreement with the EU, thus leaving the single market, CAP, CFP and escaping from the need to obey EU legislation, pay membership fees or be part of the insane move to political union. However, despite the fact that this outcome would allow the rest of the EU to continue their merry way on the road to perdition, they would never agree, knowing that other nations would soon want the same deal, while our self interested political class would squeal at the thought of losing all the perks they obtain from being passengers on the EU gravy train.
Unlike mystic Meg Eurorealists can, using their experience of the past, predict with complete accuracy just what Cameron's negotiations will present to the British people. It will be as Shakespeare has Macbeth describe Life "a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more: it is a tale, Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing." Brave declarations about streamlining the EU, restricting the movement of migrants and the importance of national sovereignty will be made and then ignored. The government only wishes to play a confidence trick on the British people and the other main parties are quite happy to help them. However as Lincoln said "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time" and our best hope is that this time the people will see these pygmy politicians for what they really are.
The reality is, as it always has been, that the only answer is for the UK to leave the EU entirely and assume the same position towards that organisation as does any other free country in the rest of the world. That is why the position of UKIP is the only one capable of saving our nation and democracy. Cameron's pretend negotiations must be exposed and rejected as the travesty they are and every effort made to persuade the electorate to vote to leave the EU.