"Prime Minister David Cameron wants Britain to remain inside the EU, but if the British people ever get a referendum on whether to stay inside a Europe that sees its survival in closer unity then polls suggest they would vote "No". (...) the turmoil of the euro zone crisis and the prospect of the currency bloc forming a closer political union that London would not want to join have convinced some wiser heads that Britain is in danger of heading to the exits. (...)"
"Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned this week that Britain could be sidelined or forced out of the door. (...) The coalition between Cameron's more sceptical Conservatives and Clegg's pro-European Liberal Democrats was formed in 2010 on the basis of standstill pact to move neither forward nor backward in European integration."
"But the EU has inconveniently refused to stand still. And the euro zone crisis is driving the 17 members of the currency area towards much closer political and economic union. (...)"
"The prime minister insists it is not in the national interest to leave the EU. (...) "Outside, we would end up like Norway, subject to every rule for the single market made in Brussels but unable to shape those rules," he said."
|source: Analysis: Britain outside the EU - Switzerland with nukes? | Reuters|