Why Britain Is Winning

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 14 2011 @ 11:18am


And not like Charlie Sheen. Julian Lindley-Freeh defends Cameron's veto:

Today Britain has preserved the strategic room of manouevre worthy of one Europe's Big Three and which Germany and France last week tried to deny it. When Berlin emerges from its funk it will realise it has to deal with Britain.  The French are unlikely to make that connection whilst lost in pre-election 'faux' anti-Britishness.  Indeed, a more sober Berlin will realise that a deal with Britain is much more likely to promote the kind of economic reforms and disciplines Germany knows full well Europe needs to compete in this world.  

Aaron Ellis nods:

We are the third largest economy in Europe, as well as the fifth or sixth largest in the world. Hamish McRae of The Independent explains here why Europe needs us as much as we need them in terms of trade. The United Kingdom is also a key member of NATO and the only European country that the French could plausibly cooperate with on defence. The realities of power politics dictate that Great Britain can’t be isolated from Europe: we are too big, too rich, and too powerful for them to exclude us.

For what it's worth, the British people agree with Cameron's use of his veto. Scott Sumner thinks the British actions will prove wise in the end:

Something to cheer up my British readers, as the press is bashing Britain for not blindly signing on to the failed Eurozone policies being promoted on the continent.  Britain was bashed even more viciously in 1931, when they opted out of the failed international gold standard regime.  History has vindicated that “obstructionism” and it will vindicate this obstructionism as well.

(Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron talk before the first working session at the Group of 20 [G20] Cannes Summit at the Palais des Festivals on November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France. By Chris Ratcliffe-Pool/Getty Images)