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  David Cameron's long night in Brussels may rearrange British politics
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ContributorNew Jerusalem 
Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Dec 12, 2011 08:07am
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AuthorThe Guardian
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateSaturday, December 10, 2011 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNot since Margaret Thatcher gave the House of Commons her reaction – "No, no, no" – to calls from Europe for more integration 21 years ago has the belligerence of a UK prime minister been the subject of such heated debate and controversy. David Cameron's long night in Brussels is also threatening to rearrange British politics for years and transform the political dynamics of the Commons.

Thatcher's accusation that France and Germany were trying to create a "fortress Europe" marked the beginning of the end of her time in office. On Monday Cameron will face the Commons to explain his actions after an extraordinary few days during which, according to critics and supporters alike, he tore up the diplomatic rule book, disdained negotiations and deal-making, and encouraged the rest of the EU to make their own arrangements without the UK. In the words of one Tory MP, Cameron told Europe: "Enough is enough."

However, those closest to the prime minister understandably fear that this may well come to be regarded as a moment as ominous for Cameron as it proved for Thatcher.

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