Cameron's EU move poses difficult questions

The British prime minister's promise of an 'in or out' referendum on Europe is a throw of the political dice, writes Pat Leahy.

27th January, 2013
David Cameron: his referendum pledge may cost him the keys to 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

The genie is out of the bottle now. British prime minister David Cameron's long-awaited speech on Europe last week has changed the shape of the European political landscape, and Ireland can hardly remain unaffected.

There are many unknowns surrounding Cameron's decision to seek a renegotiation of Britain's membership of the EU and then to put an 'in or out' referendum to the British people if he wins the next general election. But he is certainly...

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