Ben Chu: European meal ticket

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Outlook Jyrki Katainen must have been hungry today. The Finnish Prime Minister, when asked by journalists in Brussels about Britain's future in the European Union, couldn't stop reaching for food analogies. The EU without Britain, he said, would be like "fish without chips". However, Mr Katainen also warned us that Britannia can't expect to "pick the raisins from the bun" in negotiations with its European partners.

What he perhaps doesn't appreciate is that a majority of Conservative MPs now regard this country's relations with Europe as a British beef burger adulterated by continental horse meat.

And thanks to David Cameron's imminent referendum promise these zealots have the bit more firmly between their teeth than ever.