Fresh on the heels of Jean-Claude Juncker’s demands for immediate “divorce talks“, Reuters reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel “Demands” Brexit Clarity From New British PM.
Curiously, Merkel has changed her tune.
On June 25, Reuters reported Merkel Sees No Need to Rush Britain Into Quick EU Divorce.
Excuse me for asking, but how is her highness, Angela Merkel, in position to demand anything?
From Reuters (first link):
German leaders stepped up the pressure on Britain’s incoming prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday by demanding she swiftly spell out when she will launch divorce proceedings with the European Union.
She will face the enormous task of disentangling Britain from a forest of EU laws, accumulated over more than four decades, and negotiating new trade terms while limiting potential damage to the economy.
Grayling, the Leader of the House of Commons, said there was no hurry to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will formally launch the process of separation and start the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to Britain’s actual departure.
“I think Article 50 should be triggered when we’re ready. The most important thing right now is we do what’s in our national interest,” Grayling told Sky News.
“We get ourselves ready for the negotiation, we decide what kind of relationship we want to negotiate, and then we move ahead and trigger Article 50. We’ll do it right, we’ll do it in a proper way, we’ll do it when we’re ready.”
That above paragraph was so politely British. Let’s translate the paragraph to proper English.
Dear highness: The UK has more important things to do at the moment than kiss your ass. After all, you are the single biggest reason we voted to do the right thing.
For that we will be eternally grateful, but there is work to be done such as negotiating real trade agreements with others, unencumbered by EU silliness.
This is a Stellar Opportunity for the UK to Set an Example for the World and we intend to take advantage of it.
As a token of goodwill, we do offer this Word of Thanks to the Person Most Responsible for Brexit: You.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock