One of Angela Merkel’s closest allies has warned David Cameron not to try to blackmail the rest of Europe. The prime minister was also told a UK referendum was a high-risk option that might paralyse Europe
So by even thinking about our relationship with Europe we have great power over you. Excellent, give in to all our demands now or we paralyse Europe.
Mmm? Sorry, what is it about this negotiation thing that you do not understand? We couldn’t give a pig’s ear if Europe is paralysed. We do care about all the rest of it though. You apparently care more about Europe being paralysed than you do about our demands.
We win therefore.