The tragic irony is that leaving with no deal would multiply the 'democratic deficit' Leave voters rejected many times over
The alternative to participating in such intergovernmental cooperation is standing alone in a world shaped by the survival of the fittest. As the UK has long ceased to belong to those, it is clearly much better off inside the European Union - imperfect as its system of governance might be.
The snoopers' charter has been much derided. My gut reaction is that the critics are right. But at least our lawmakers are taking the public's concerns seriously and are going to extraordinary lengths to make the right decision.
With a New Year and the holiday season coming to an end, the EU referendum campaign is heating up. But since our membership of European Union is a crucial constitutional issue, there's one issue that can't be ignored: democracy.
By now tens of thousands of words have been written about the Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debates but I think you can sum them up in just three: They were rubbish. While no one was expecting either man to be an Obama (or even a Romney) we deserved a higher standard than what was essentially a playground spat.