“We would miss Britain as part of the European Union, especially in these troubled times. Therefore, Britons should know, from the bottom of our hearts: we want them to stay.”
That was then.
This is now.
”Brexit is one big s***show!” German MP Michael Roth, Germany’s Minister for European Affairs said on Saturday. “I say that now very undiplomatically. I don’t know if even William Shakespeare could have come up with such up a tragedy like this one. Who will foot the bill in the end?”
Roth continued to say that ”90% of the MPs in the British government don’t even know how workers think, how they live, work and behave. But they have managed to up-end everything. And now someone else is going to have to take responsibility for their actions.”
What’s happened to all that German love for Britain? It seems to have evaporated with the chaos and dithering of British parliament, exacerbated by blistering rants from Brexiteers that cast Germany as the villain standing in the way of Brexit.
Days after Germany’s love letter, Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski accused Germany and the EU of being “ungrateful,” in a Twitter rant that he later apologized for being factually incorrect.
“Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself up to eye balls in process. No Marshall Plan for us only for Germany. We gave up war reparations in 1990. We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the way ungrateful EU treats us now. We will remember.”
In fact, the UK was the largest recipient of the US Marshall Plan after World War II, at about $3 billion.