At this rate Douglas Carswell, Europlastic extraordinare, will soon be fighting for the UK to remain in the EU, such is the pace of his efforts to toady up to Cameron and the Tory leadership.
A piece in the Telegraph reports on a study by Capital Economics (commissioned by Geert Wilders) into the likely impacts of the Netherlands leaving the EU. It concluded that the Netherlands would be better off out of the EU, explaining:
Over that 21 year period, the benefits of Nexit to Dutch national income would have accumulated to between €1,100 (£913bn) billion and €1,500 billion (£1.3 trillion) in today’s prices.
This is equivalent to between €7,100 (5,893) and €9,800 (£8,134) per household each year. But even if the Netherlands is unable to negotiate a status akin to Switzerland’s, the economy would be better off out of the union than in.
Naturally the Telegraph scampered off to the prestigious Carswell for comment, and he didn’t disappoint Conservative HQ with his contribution (emphasis mine):
This report is significant because it has been produced by a credible City research group. It cannot be easily dismissed.
It shows we are no longer alone. It is not just us Brits who have come to realise that European integration is fundamentally flawed. We’re very like the Dutch, a small country that has prospered by trading globally. Think what countries like ours could be in a different type of Europe.
‘In’ a different type of Europe? That’s not the same as leaving the EU, it sounds more like Cameron’s Deludophile ‘reform’ agenda at work.
It seems that when it comes to the EU, the Carswell residence is playing host to a huge exhibition of the hokey cokey. One minute he wants out, then he wants in. It’s amazing how the prospect of being outside Cameron’s wigwam of trust can focus the mind on career and electoral prospects.
But then, Carswell is a politician and the political class across Europe wants a piece of the EU action to service their own interests, regardless of what the voters think.
While 55% of Dutch voters surveyed say they would vote to leave the EU if the stated benefits could be achieved, the Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, immediately dismissed the idea as ‘very unwise’. It seems he will soon be able to count Douglas Carswell as a kindred, pro-EU spirit.