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Remember the Tory peer who warned he could switch to UKIP? Well, here is what UKIP leader Nigel Farage has had to say about about Nigel Vinson. Mr Farage told me that the peer would be welcome to join UKIP.
A senior businessman put it simply - exports could come to a "grinding halt" if the eurozone crisis continues.
On top of that, the European banking system could be thrown into turmoil - gumming up the flow of credit to such an extent that there is a credit crunch mark II, expect far worse.
What with this talk of David Cameron pushing for a minimum price on booze, I looked up a recent Parliamentary debate on the issue. In fact it was on December 14, just a couple of weeks since the story broke in The Telegraph.
Here is what the minister had to say: "First, as my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes explained, the Scottish Government have recently introduced a Bill that seeks to bring in a 45p per unit minimum price.
"She asked why this Government believe that that would be incompatible with EU law, when the Scottish Government do not. If I may quote the specific point: we believe that it could be incompatible with article 34 of the treaty of the functioning of the European Union.
"I should be delighted to go into more detail on that if she required. That is the position."
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With David Cameron set to give an update to MPs on the euro summit and the veto he wielded to stop a new treaty in hours, I've just been talking to senior Lib Dem MP Sir Alan Beith about the situation.
He seems clear that Britain must remain in Europe for economic reasons, but fears the proposals set out in the summit will not solve the Euro debt crisis. But the Berwick MP also said there were no extra safeguards for Britain - and the deployment of the "ultimate weapon" had not got anything for Britain.
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I've just been talking to Fiona Hall, the leader of Liberal Democrat MEPs, about the fast-moving developments in Europe.
She prefaced her comments about reserving judgement until the final decisions, but appeared to express concern about where this leaves Britain.
Asked whether it was right to use the veto, she said: "Ensuring we remain an integral part of the single market is the litmus test for me."
The senior MEP added: "I am concerned about the extent to which the UK is a minority of one increasingly and that has to be of concern.
"I think there is a situation in which you get 26 out of 27 people discussing things together that's likely to be a situation in which we, the UK, are not best placed to forward our own interests."
She also suggested David Cameron has been backed into a corner by eurosceptics within his own party.