Sir Winston Churchill would turn in his grave. If the Battle of Britain was the highlight of sacrifice by the very few for the future of so many in the United Kingdom and beyond, then the Brexit is the opposite. Rarely, dysfunctional (in)action of so few, affected the future of so many. This episode of the Brexit monitor looks back, takes stock and (with due hesitation given the unpredictability of things) looks ahead.
On 2 February, the United Kingdom completed its negotiations with the EU on the revision of their treaty obligations. This did not provide the outcome Cameron had hoped for. It would appear that anti-EU movements in the UK in particular can turn this to good account. There is a real risk that the agreement is grist to the mill for anti-Europe parties in continental Europe as well. In this article I will discuss the history and circumstances of British participation in the EU, its desire to revise the terms of membership, the agreement of February 2 and the implications it may have for both Cameron, the UK and the EU itself (Google translation of an article written in Dutch on February 4, with some minor amendments).