Julian Bray writes: A chance phone call earlier today (Friday) from someone intimately involved with the European Reform programme suggests a few key side deals, or issues, are being additionally negotiated, in addition to the main headline demands David Cameron is hoping to take back to his Cabinet as a done deal.
The suggestion is that bilateral European reform mini-package deals (or incentives) are being discreetly shuffled between several of the dissenting parties. Its a big ask as the 27 member states of the EU will all have to agree, before it is put to the EU parliament.
The word is that its not just Greece threatening a blanket veto, but also Spain and Portugal, who feel they have been repeatedly disadvantaged by the main players, and their own set of issues, have they contend been 'put on the back boiler' during Mr Camerons' whirlwind round of diplomacy over the last few weeks.
JULIAN BRAY +44(0)1733 345581 Aviation Expert, Journalist & Broadcaster, Aviation Security & Airline Operations Expert, Travel / Maritime & Cruise Industry, NUJ, EQUITY, LIVE ISDN LINK, Broadcast ISDN COOBE ++44 (0)1733 345020 e&oe Old faithful NOKIA: 07944 217476 www.aviationcomment.com