As Cameron flies out for the EU summit he might ponder the consequences if Sir John Simon had to submit his budget for Herr Ribbentrop's approval in 1938.
"Er, Herr Von Ribbentrop, I see you've halved our War Department funding"
"Ja. Europe is entering a new age of united peace and prosperity and such spending is not necessary"
"... and you're closing all our Mediterranean bases and withdrawing the Fleet from Gibraltar"
"Ja; a new Euro Navy under the flag of Chermany will take over these responsibilities"
".. and you're reducing the size of our fishing fleet by 80% whilst allowing Generalissimo Franco's trawlers to fish right up to our foreshore"
"Zeze fishes is European fishes! Gott in Himmel, you arrogant Englanders think you own even ze fishes! Chermany will show you! In future you will buy your own fish from Spain in the interests of the New European Order!"