And we’re off…

Following the first meeting of the British cabinet to be held on a Saturday since the Falklands War, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the referendum on continued membership of the EU will be held on June 23rd.

Cameron will appear on the Andrew Marr show tomorrow to set out the terms of last night’s renegotiation of Britain’s role in the EU, and the implications for the nation’s sovereignty. He said in Brussels last night that he would now be campaigning “heart and soul” in favour of remaining in the alliance.

UKIP’s Nigel Farage, a fierce proponent of “Brexit” is also set to be on the show.

 

Among the British press, last night’s deal, which Cameron says gives Britain “special status” within the EU, was about as well-received as you’d expect, given their recent track record.

Says Roy Greenslade:

The Times’s response was scathing: “From the land of chocolate”, it said, Cameron “was always destined to bring back fudge.” It criticised every aspect of the deal, changing the metaphor to call the seven-year limit on Britain’s brake on migrants’ benefits “thin gruel.”

It argued that the reforms “amount to a rag-bag of adjustments that… are nowhere near the reformed union that the prime minister pledged would be the basis for his campaign to stay in.”

Meanwhile, the opposing sides in the upcoming argument are forming ranks. Reuters reports:

While one of Cameron’s closest political allies, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, will campaign to leave the EU, finance minister George Osborne and interior minister Theresa May backed Cameron.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has charmed voters with a buffoonish persona that masks fierce ambition to succeed Cameron, has yet to make his position clear.

 

 

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In – somewhat – related news, French authorities said that about 1,000 refugees and migrants at the so-called “Jungle” camp near the port of Calais would be evicted on Tuesday if they have not moved beforehand.

Voters go to the polls in the South Carolina GOP primary today, while in Nevada the  Democrats will caucus.

As the Republican race tightened, the final wave of campaigning has been something to behold.

 

 

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And, finally,

mockingbird

 

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