The Independent reports that almost half of French people would be delighted to say au revoir if Britain votes to leave the European Union in June, according to a new poll. The survey suggests that a Brexit is marginally more popular in France (45 per cent in favour) than it is in Britain (44 per cent). However, a majority of people in five large EU countries, including Britain and France, supports continued UK membership, according to the Odoxa study.
Last night I was at a concert with some friends and during the interval, I asked a German friend what German people thought about the Brexit vote. She said that most German people wanted the UK to stay in the EU but that there had to be a stop to the special rules for the UK.
It’s interesting how France has managed to ignore the EU’s rules about adhering to the fiscal compact during recent austerity pressures. Meanwhile, smaller countries, like Cyprus, have had their austerity medicine thrown down throats.
The difference between the UK and France is simple. France ignores the rules when it suits her. Meanwhile, the UK bends over backwards to negotiate special rules which it dutifully follows.
Surely, it’s time for Germans to become more European and consider other countries’ interests as well as their own?