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Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | 23/01/2013

Cameron trying to appease his own ranks

Cameron's Eurosceptic stance is faked, the political advisor Julian Priestly writes on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics, accusing the prime minister of just trying to placate the anti-Europeans in his own ranks: "Despite the customary slickness in presentation, the speech will fool no-one. What is at stake here is very straightforward. Mr Cameron's speech and this cynical apology for a European policy appear to many as solely designed to shore up his personal position as party leader and prevent UKIP from siphoning off votes which could guarantee the return of his party to the opposition benches. But so amateurishly blatant has been the manoeuvre that our partners abroad, the international business and finance community, the British voters and even the Eurosceptics in his own party will see through it all."

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