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Cameron Takes Thatcher’s Gauntlet in 50 Years of EU Friction

Before he was elected prime minister in 2010, David Cameron presaged the latest breach in Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe.

Cameron announced his intention to abandon allies in the European Parliament including Germany’s Angela Merkel before being elected to lead the opposition Conservative Party in 2005. He sought partners with the same vision for a Europe with looser ties and formed a new group in 2009.