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ВАШИНГТОН, ОКРУГ КОЛУМБИЯ – Сейчас ведутся неофициальные переговоры по взаимоотношениям Соединенного Королевства Великобритании с Европейским Союзом. Поскольку в конце 2017 года будет проводиться референдум по вопросу продления членства Великобритании в ЕС, эти переговоры ‑ первый шаг к обсуждению изменений, которые, как надеются лидеры ЕС, убедят британских избирателей выбрать Европу.

И изменения, конечно, будут необходимы. Действительно, как хорошо известно премьер-министру Дэвиду Кэмерону, при нынешней динамике отношений Великобритании с ЕС британские избиратели, безусловно, приняли бы сегодня решение выйти из ЕС.

Но Кэмерон также знает, что он должен вести переговоры крайне осторожно. Если он попросит больше, чем может дать ЕС, то будет казаться, что он уступил. Если же он попросит слишком мало, то у британских евроскептиков будет больше доводов для их кампании против продолжения членства Великобритании в ЕС.

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