German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a dig at Brexit during a press conference with Britain’s Theresa May in Berlin, saying she “deplores” it.
“We basically have not changed our stance on Britain leaving the European Union,” she told the assembled journalists. “In fact, we deplore it.”
Merkel’s comments echoed those of failed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who branded “half” of then-candidate Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” during the 2016 elections.
Why isn't Hillary 50 points ahead? Maybe it's the email scandal, policies that spread ISIS, or calling millions of Americans deplorables! pic.twitter.com/cvaMSAnAnE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Merkel added, however, that she wanted to establish a “constructive position” in the Brexit negotiations, “because we want to have as close as possible partnership with Britain after they have left the European Union. Both economically and politically.”
Hardliners in the European Commission, dedicated to the so-called ‘European project’, are thought to have been throwing spanners in the works up to now, with Commission boss Jean Claude-Juncker’s chief of staff Martin Selmayr, in particular, suspected of wanting to make an “example” out Britain in order to dissuade other EU member-states from leaving.
Insiders have attributed the leaks to Juncker and his chief of staff, Martin Selmayr – also known as "Rasputin". https://t.co/s0ya1aBy8t
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 9, 2017
Such hostile actors are beginning to be reined in, however, as the leaders of the EU’s national governments have begun to panic about the consequences if Britain walks away from the negotiations, abandons its plans for a so-called ‘transition’ period, and makes a clean Brexit — depriving the bloc of a British financial settlement and leaving it insolvent.
For example, a proposed ‘punishment clause’ proposed by the European Commission — which would have allowed the EU to impose sanctions and trade restrictions on the United Kingdom if Brussels decided it had broken the terms of the ‘transition’ agreement — has been dropped, after leading Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg came out and said Britain would not “roll over”.
EU Backs Down on Brexit Deal ‘Punishment Clause’ After Mogg Declares: ‘We Won’t Roll Over’ https://t.co/1eO5iZqhjY
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 15, 2018
While Central European EU members such as Poland and Hungary have been the most pragmatic is thought to be concerned about establishing a constructive relationship with Britain previously — recognising Britain’s economic importance as the EU’s number one export market — Western countries like Germany are being brought round by the dawning realisation of the black hole which Brexit will leave in the bloc’s finances, and which they will be expected to make up.