Much has been said and written about the outcome of Mr Cameron's negotiations with the EU. Here is a very short version:-
1. In Mr Cameron's famous 'Bloomberg Speech' in 2013, he promised to work for fundamental reforms of the EU.
2. In an article for the Telegraph in 2015 he set out 10 key areas for reform.
3. In the Conservative Manifesto he promised even more reforms.
4. In his final negotiation he only attempted 4 changes, none of them fundamental reforms of the EU.
5. A 'normal' person's analysis of Mr Cameron's attempts at his revised and very limited reforms would be:-
- 4-year ban on EU migrants receiving in-work benefits – Failed.
- Ban on paying Child Benefit for children living in other EU countries – Failed.
- 4-year ban on paying Housing Benefit to EU migrants – Not even asked for.
- Veto on Eurozone countries being able to pass legislation damaging to UK economy – Failed.
- A legally-binding agreement – Failed.
Naturally politicians can argue and make words mean what they want them to mean. The Editors of Facts4eu.org believe that the above is a fair summary from a normal person's perspective, in everyday language.
Even the most ardent Remain campaigners can't reasonably say that Mr Cameron achieved anything like a 'fundamental reform of the EU'.
Essentially we'll be voting for the EU as it is, and as it's going to be in the future.
[Sources: Daily Telegraph, Bloomberg, Conservative Party Manifesto.]