I can imagine that the Germans would be worried if the UK decides that it really would like to leave the EU. But not because they like us, I rather think the UK’s general views which UK politicians have to give some face value too on the EU rankle the German political classes (and others) greatly. If only because the UK public are far more vocal in their EUskepticism than the German public.
No I think the Germans are getting worried that they might be stiffed with the bar tab…
The German chancellor said she wanted a “strong” Britain to stay in the EU, as she headed for talks with the Prime Minister over the EU budget.
Mrs Merkel arrived in London for dinner with Mr Cameron in Downing Street last night, after contradicting those who think Britain would be better off outside the EU.
“You can be very happy on an island, but being alone in this world doesn’t make you any happier,” she said.
An increasing number of Tory MPs, including ministers, are asking whether Britain should consider leaving the EU, a suggestion Mr Cameron has rejected.
Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels before flying to London, Mrs Merkel evoked Britain’s role in the Second World War to argue that the UK must remain part of the EU. “I want to have a strong UK in the EU, let me make that absolutely clear,” she said.
What I suspect merkel wants is for the UK to keep its net contribution to the EU going, because if we leave (and it’s a massive if with this shower of politicians) then the other net contributors are going to have to pick up the bill for sorting out the various countries that are a net drain. That could mean political suicide for quite a few political leaders if they either have to increase taxes or lower expectations.
As for the being alone bit, well that’s just an attempt at scaremongering, we wouldn’t actually be alone, we could still survive and thrive outside the EU, probably a lot better than in it come to that.
In the end it will come down to money, it always does Germany is walking a knife edge over Greece and it’s looking rather nervously at Spain and Portugal, it won’t take much to cause major financial problems for the German state and it’s unlikely that the Germans will want to go it alone in picking up the bill.
No, what Merkel wants is a weak Britain subservient to the EU and paying more than its fair share and making sure that Germany is not stiffed with the bar bill, well not all of it anyway.
Sadly Cameron will agree.