If Britain sides against Cameron on Europe, his authority will be shatteredby Malcolm Rifkind / January 11, 2016 / Leave a comment
When, sometime this year, the people of Britain cast their votes in the European referendum, they not only could change the whole course of British history. They could also bring David Cameron’s residence in 10 Downing Street to a sudden and dramatic end.
The fate of one man, however eminent, is of little significance compared to the fate of nations. He has been a successful Prime Minister and remains, after five years, well respected. He would, I suspect, be the first to say that that should not be particularly relevant in deciding whether you, or I, vote for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union or propel our country into the outer light (or darkness, depending on your point of view).
Why Cameron’s fate is linked to the outcome of the referendum is hardly difficult to explain. He has said, publicly and unequivocally, that if he is successful in the current negotiation with his European colleagues he will recommend to the British public that we should remain in the EU and that he will fight “heart and soul” to achieve that end.