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Merkel and her Whitehall farce

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YESTERDAY was the 953rd anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. I see no difference between 1066 and the German seizure of part of Denmark in the nineteenth century, nor much difference from Angela Merkel’s demand to annex Northern Ireland last week. A person who agrees with this view is German MEP Jorg Meuthen – the Daily Express covered his speech in the European Parliament.

Merkel very kindly provided corroboration before her dinner with Macron. Indeed, she let the cat out of the bag. In a nutshell, she confessed her hostility to Brexit, warning that Britain would become a competitor like America or China. Merkel’s true fears revealed: Free UK will be ‘major competitor’ for EU after Brexit. Heaven forbid. Competition is verboten in Merkel’s Europe. You must do as you are told. Europe must teach the British a harsh lesson.

The game plan for Saturday’s Parliament is drawn up. Led by Bercow, Merkel’s pawns will demand a second referendum. Every member of the German Embassy here in Switzerland with whom I have discussed Brexit has given me the message that Frau Merkel wants another referendum to kill off Brexit. As good diplomats, they will never say, but she knows the only way to fix that is by using the useful idiots in the British Parliament. It’s clever – up to a point – but many Germans in business fear a backlash, not just in Britain, but in Germany. A growing number of Germans do not like Merkel or her methods. They do not like the idea of having Putin as your main ally against Donald Trump and then adding Britain to your list of potential enemies. A wise diplomat always keeps the door open. Merkel seems to prefer aggression.

She has to understand that all her actions are regarded as hostile by the vast majority of the British public. London is not Britain. That’s a much larger country, near enough a thousand miles from the most south-western point of the Scilly Isles to the Muckle Flugga lighthouse off the Shetlands.

My advice to Boris is by all means telephone Merkel, but she has no intention of doing a deal. She has her plan, the German economic sun must control its satellite economies.

Make clear that she provokes a big hostile reaction in Britain. We don’t like our Parliament being used a toy by foreign powers. There will be a backlash and the price for her pig-headed greed may be a boycott of EU products. She may have noticed that German exports to Britain are down 2.8 per cent or £ 3.1billion in cash already this year without any organised campaign. That’s just people saying to themselves, why should I buy a car from people who don’t like us, just our money? Tell her that we’re organising a DIY Brexit, the People’s Brexit to borrow a phrase.

I don’t think we should accept Parliament being manipulated by MPs who are scared of Germany’s EU or fellow-travellers for all sorts of reasons, most of which involve double-crossing the electorate. Nor tolerate a Supreme Court that has indirectly threatened the Prime Minister with prison. They have managed through ignorance of history to turn the clock back 300 years to before the Bill of Rights. We are now ruled by 11 judges. After the Normans won at Senlac we were ruled by 13 men. There is no difference.

We should ask the Queen with the support of the Privy Council to dissolve Parliament and hold a general election.

After you’ve phoned Merkel, Boris, for goodness sake ring Nigel Farage. Or have we got to do that ourselves as well? This fight is about democracy. Who governs? Merkel and her pantomime Parliament in Westminster? Or us, the Queen and her people?

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Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill. Former soldier and diplomat, afterwards member of CBI Council and author.

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