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New Year’s Day 2013, in so far as the English-speaking press of the world was concerned, was dominated by the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff in the US and the 40th anniversary of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland joining what was then called the Common Market along with several mainland European states. With UK consent, that has morphed into the European Union.
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“Summary of Cameron’s speech so far:
1. We need rules, but must welcome diversity.
2.We need a leaner, less bureaucratic union.
3.Britain is not in the single currency and is not going to be.”