Okay, i'll admit, fully 80% of my reason for posting this article is the fantastic accompanying graphic:
Anyway, here's the lowdown.
DAVID CAMERON’S vision for Europe is compelling. The prime minister wants a European Union dedicated to free trade and competitiveness, which helps business rather than tying it in red tape. It should be a “leaner, less bureaucratic union”, he says. There should be intense co-operation on things like tackling terrorism, but, as far as possible, decisions affecting the people of a country should be made by the government of that country. The club must include Britain. All this he laid out in a long-delayed and epochal speech in London on January 23rd.
But Mr Cameron’s plan to realise his vision is risky. He intends to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and then to hold a referendum on whether Britain should stay or leave. The vote will be held in the first half of the next parliament—by the end of 2017, in other words.