Today was one of those days when we saw just how divisive the European issue can be to the Conservative party. The sight of Malcolm Rifkind and Nadine Dorries treating each other with barely disguised contempt on Newsnight was a sign of just how poisonous relations in the parliamentary party could become.
Intriguingly, the Daily Mail reports in its first edition that ‘Even some of Mr Cameron’s closest Cabinet allies are understood to be shifting to a much more Eurosceptic position, with a five-strong group of ministers planning to visit the Prime Minister as early as today to urge him to toughen his stance.’
Cameron now finds himself trapped between his party and Merkel and Sarkozy who will remind the Prime Minister that he has been urging them to do whatever it takes to save the Euro for months now. Cameron’s supporters always say, and with some justification, that he is at his best in a tight spot. We are about to find out just how justified that confidence is.Tags: Angela Merkel, Conservatives, David Cameron, Euro, Europe, European Union, Malcolm Rifkind, Nadine Dorries, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tories