I debated whether to update my preceding post but decided that van Rompuy deserved one of his own. He too, I have subsequently discovered, has also been in London today and speaking at the same event as Ollie Rehn.
The Guardian has an article about van Rompuy’s speech, coupled with one that appears on yahoonews – and if you can bear it, you can view van Rompuy’s speech here. – although you will have to suffer about 3/4 minutes of The Foy Boy. While the entire speech is worth listening to, his remarks regarding the position of the UK vs the EU starts at about 14:00.
van Rompuy talks about having a compass and knowing the direction in which the European Union wishes to travel, while having a dig at those who say it is a train journey without a destination. The only problem is that we in Britain don’t particularly like the direction the compass is pointing – nor the stations through which we are passing.
By conceding, in his speech, that Cameron would be able to discuss the changes he was seeking at an EU summit, while appearing to rule out any fundamental revision of British membership terms, Van Rompuy has in effect told Cameron not to even bother going to Brussels to “renegotiate” – so shall we “cut out the middle man” and just get on with an in/out referendum?