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but would he get that? Chirac started down this particularly well worn path of Brit-bashing when it looked like he was going to loose the referendum. Having lost the referendum he went after Britain's rebate full tilt.  If the Brits were to agree to a freezing of the rebate then it would look like Chirac had achieved a victory, abeit a small one, with conceeding nothing himself. It would not look like the the type of victory that gives one moral or political leadership in Europe.

If he had gone for the freeze, under those conditions, he would be being pilloried by British europhobic press. Both of the opposition parties would make mincemeat of him in the House of Commons.

The compromise is the sort of deal that would put a British Prime Minister out of a job. In this case it would mean his replacement with the more Europsceptic Gordon Brown.

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by RogueTrooper on Mon Jun 20th, 2005 at 06:05:44 AM EST
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