Over at the Spectator, Ian Milne looks at what steps would be required for Britain to declare independence and leave the European Empire in two years' time.
Actually, two years is 729 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes too long. All we need to do is vote to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and we're out. The rest is just house cleaning.
Some critics have pointed out that leaving the Empire would mean a nightmare of negotiating an avalanche of bilateral agreements to replace those with the Empire, but I prefer a simple solution to this that is also a neat little twist of the knife. Instead of negotiating new treaties with France or Germany or Poland, Britain should take the euro-tyrants at their word about "ever closer union" and refuse to recognise the existence of any of the member states. We could simply close our embassies in Paris, Berlin, Madrid or wherever, expand the one in Brussels and appoint a new ambassador to the Empire.
You want a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Sarkosy? Sorry, he doesn't have time to chat with lowly provincial governors.