I heard Giscard give a clever speech this morning to the GlobalVision/Telegraph conference. Apparently offering the UK special status, the true intent was to get rid of the UK’s veto on Treaty changes and to drive ahead with integration of defence and foreign policy before the Conservatives get into office.
When you have a veto you do not have to put up with anything you do not like. If you depend on opt outs you depend on the goodwill of other states to let you have them. I am just glad to hear EU professionals posturing ahead of a possible change of government in the UK – they seem to realise the easy times of pushing the Uk into any federal scheme they like will be over.