by Stephen Tall on September 14, 2008
Today’s Independent reports that both Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne have joined forces to signal that the party is going to drop its passionate commitment to campaigning for the UK to sign up to the European single currency:
Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, and the home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said it was no longer a priority to campaign for British entry into the euro. The shift in policy is surprising, as Mr Clegg and Mr Huhne, both former MEPs, have been passionate supporters of the single currency.
While the issue has been off the Government’s agenda for five years, it has been at the forefront of Lib Dem policy for the past decade.
Mr Clegg told The Independent on Sunday that the debate on the euro was now “neutered”. He insisted his party remained committed to Europe, but that tax and other domestic issues were now top of the agenda.
And in an interview with the IoS, Mr Huhne said: “The truth is, within the British debate, it’s completely off the radar and there is simply no point in regarding it as a runner worth investing political time in.”
This appears to be neatly coordinated move by the former leadership rivals to show their joint acceptance on behalf of the Lib Dems that the party is recognising the political reality of the current situation. But are they being too defeatist? Is not now, a time when many are beginning to appreciate the frailty of the UK’s economic situation and the weakness of sterling, the perfect time to brandish our pro-Euro credentials? Over to you.
LDV’s new poll is asking you: Are Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne right to say that campaigning for the UK to join the Euro is no longer a Lib Dem priority?
Here are your options:
* Yes, they’re right – it’s not going to happen so let’s not get bogged-down in it
* No, they’re not – the Lib Dems should be making much more of our pro-European beliefs
* Don’t know
And feel free to continue the debate in the comments field, below…