Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister in the United Kingdom gave a speech Friday warning Britons not to gloat over the eurozone crisis, The Independent reports.
He linked the UK’s economic futures to Europe and rebuked British euroskeptics by saying,
“A successful eurozone is essential for a prosperous UK. So there is no room for Schadenfreude here, no place for wagging fingers. Countries like the UK should not see ourselves as spectators, watching from the wings, triumphalist, complacent, as if Europe’s economic woes are a eurozone problem, rather than a problem for all of us. As if it is enough to put your own house in order, but then stand by and let the neighbourhood crumble.”
This is a strikingly different tone from the way David Cameron, the Prime Minister, discusses the eurozone. In an interview with The Spectator, Cameron said that he is about as sceptical as they come about the euro, though he thinks it will survive. He mentions the eurozone crisis in terms of what it can do for Britain, saying “there will be opportunities for Britain to maxim ise what we want in terms of our engagement with Europe.“
Peter Hoskins at The Spectator sees this split on the Eurozone as evidence of cracks forming in the coalition government.
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