David Cameron 'risks leading Britain out of EU by accident'
Source: The Guardian
David Cameron has been warned that he risks leading Britain out of the European Union by accident because he has misread the willingness of fellow EU leaders to concede to his demands for a looser European union.
Lord Kerr of Kinlochard – who was at the heart of Britain's team during the Maastricht treaty negotiations in 1991 – fears the UK is facing "bust-up time" with the other 26 EU countries.
He is one of a group of pro-Europeans, including Lords Heseltine, Mandelson and Brittan, expressing their concerns that Cameron is miscalculating Europe's determination to keep the current EU project intact, without the UK if necessary.
Cameron is due within weeks to indicate that after the next general election he would be prepared to hold a referendum on a new EU settlement – after repatriating powers during treaty negotiations aimed at underpinning eurozone governance.