A newspaper headline today asks
“If Brexit is such a disaster, how come Europe’s firms have doubled their stake in the UK?” One doesn’t have to be a swivel-eyed Brexiteer to recognise that if one looks over the horizon, beyond Brexit, there is much about Britain to inspire confidence in the future.
Not least the fact that it is still the most favoured nation among the 28 states of the European Union for direct investment from overseas. What makes this even more remarkable is that many of those keeping faith in Britain are state-directed sovereign wealth funds, run, owned and managed by foreign countries”.
And, on the same day, oh dear, we read that the French President, that squirt Mr Macron who regularly insults we British and thinks nothing of sending his police and troops onto the streets to tear-gas and beat up French objectors, including some in wheel-chairs
to his policies, has thrown another hissy fit. Brexit, he said, was “an ‘irresponsible lie’, calling it Europe’s worst crisis since World War II.
The lie, as we all know
but perhaps Macron doesn’t, just to give him the benefit of the doubt, was from Edward Heath “There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified”.
It wasn’t just some way, it was every way!
Macron wants, he says, “to create a European Agency for the protection of democracies. Our first freedom is democratic freedom. The European model is based on the freedom of man and the diversity of opinions and creation”. Eurospeak for crap or hypocrisy or both?
Brexit peddled by anger mongers and fake news
In his most ferocious attack on Brexit to date, the French President said Britain’s withdrawal was peddled by ‘anger mongers and fake news’ and ‘offers nothing’. In June 2016 Macron was then the French economy minister who said at the time “Brexit would turn UK into a tiny trading outpost, that a vote to leave the European Union would result in the ‘Guernseyfication’ of Britain, on the edge of Europe”.
The day after an exit, there would be no more financial passport for British establishments. The European council should give the British an ultimatum on their intentions and the French president will be very clear in that respect.
Macron said then “If I was British, I would vote resolutely ‘remain’ otherwise it’s in the UK’s interest because it would then be a little country on the world scale. It would isolate itself and become a trading post and arbitration place at Europe’s border”.
He said the rest of the EU had a “double challenge” the day after any UK referendum result. First, it had to avoid the “contamination of Brexit” affecting other countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland or Hungary asking for their own special status. Then there had to be a new dynamic for an improved “positive project” for Europe so no doubt could set in among member states.
He leaves the best to last
“In this Europe, the peoples will really take back control of their own future. In this Europe, the United Kingdom, I am sure, will find its own true place”. We already have, if the “parliamentary peoples” do their duty?