While Prime Minister David Cameron was making his long-awaited speech on the
future of the U.K.’s relationship with the rest of Europe this week, Brussels
was shrouded in fog. Inevitably, a number of European newspapers recalled the
old joke on British insularity, allegedly from a 1930 Daily Mirror headline:
"Fog in Channel: Continent Cut Off."
Cameron, in his speech, tried to play it both ways: He wants a new
relationship with Europe and is at the same time determined that the U.K. should
remain inside the European Union. Legislation will be prepared for a referendum
to put the issue to the people, and after the next election in 2015, assuming a
Conservative victory, Britons will vote in the first half of the next four-year
to five-year parliament.