December 9th, 2011
10:13 AM GMT
Brussels (CNN) – The statement from UK Prime Minister David Cameron reminding everyone that the go-it-alone E17+ agreement is not under EU treaties is the sort of thing the other countries will be dreading. He is basically saying, "OK – have your side treaty BUT since it is not under the EU rules then it can't trump the EU process and the Commission and Courts can't play favorites."
This is setting the stage for a long, drawn-out, sulking relationship as the Ins get closer and the Outs keep reminding them that their deal is not an "official" EU institution sanctioned by the whole EU.
We have put the clock back to the days when Britain was the enfant terrible of the European Union.
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