Europe comes first

Europe comes first

Daily headlines about Brexit show how much the issue dominates here.  Not so elsewhere.  As Polly Toynbee points out in the Guardian – with German elections looming at the end of the month, there was not a single mention of Brexit in a weekend television debate between Angela Merkel and Martin Shultz.

She contrasts the appeals by UK negotiators for Europe to be imaginative with the platform that the EU is standing on in the talks.   That is the protection of an “unprecedented” level of European cooperation and a Union ambition to “preserve its interests, those of its citizens, its businesses and its Member States.”

In effect if you’re out you’re out.  Of course, she says, they might like the exit to be painless but Europe comes first.

Greece’s former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned of this in the Spring of this year alerting Therese May to how he believed, given his experience, talks would unfold and how they would defeat her.  It is well worth looking back at given the way the talks are actually playing out.  And there is even less time now for his suggested solution.