The latter has never had the clout nor the resources required for it to do its ever-expanding task. It has had to play catch-up.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard its demise confidently predicted or stridently recommended. Houdini-like, it has so far escaped this awaited fate.
We need to rekindle l’esprit communautaire, on both sides of the channel. In Walpole’s famous phrase, “this dance can no longer go”.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
It stipulates that a framework for our relationship with the EU – which must inevitably be positive – be finalised before negotiations on a detailed agreement begin.
Brexit is unrivalled as a self-centred prescription.
It offers Britain a unique position of advantage within the EU.
A rigorous and consistent analysis should lead us to conclude that we are better off taking an active role within the EU.
Vote Leave has no workable plan for leaving the EU.