Predictably, the Germans are getting worried about the prospects of a No Deal Brexit. A letter signed by the frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as the next German chancellor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, along with leaders from German politics, industry and art, said: “From the bottom of our hearts, we want them to stay”.
The sickly letter reflects on our quirks as Brits and tries to make us believe the Germans will really miss us – as if we’re actually lifting an anchor and sailing off into the Atlantic. It reads:
“Without your great nation, this continent would not be what it is today: a community defined by freedom and prosperity…After the horrors of the Second World War, Britain did not give up on us. It has welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation and a European power. This we, as Germans, have not forgotten and we are grateful…Our door will always remain open: Europe is home…We would miss the legendary British black humour and going to the pub after work hours to drink an ale. We would miss tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road. And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas. But more than anything else, we would miss the British people – our friends across the Channel.”
It’s funny how they’re acting like they’re suddenly not going to have access to British comedy on Netflix, and milk in their tea is going to be outlawed by Frau Merkel before she steps down. This is a clear attempt at sweet talking us into backing another referendum, and it’s pretty pathetic. They have reason to be concerned, though – it looks like No Deal is more popular than the politicians think.
Despite Project Fear continuing their campaign of terrifying the British people about the prospects of leaving the EU, a new poll by ComRes has found that a clear majority are in favour of respecting the result of the referendum. Sixty-five per cent agreed that the result should be respected, while only thirty-five per cent disagreed.
A Question Time audience also turned heads last night, when the people cheered (loudly!) at the prospect of a No Deal Brexit. Journalist Isabel Oakeshott suggested that the only option left on the table for the Prime Minister was No Deal, which saw the audience erupt into applause. Twitter went mental – they seemed shocked to see evidence of the majority of British people wanting to leave the EU. It’s almost as if we voted to leave already…
The Germans are afraid of No Deal, and they should be. If it happens, then the UK will become an infinitely more competitive economy, and we know they don't want that. That's why, I suspect, a No Deal Brexit won't happen. EU leaders are bound to come back round the negotiating table and agree to something that resembles continued membership of the EU.