Brexit made an unlikely hero of Angela Merkel for Britain's remainers | Rafael Behr

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:46:45 GMT 2

Brexit made an unlikely hero of Angela Merkel for Britain's remainers | Rafael Behr


The German chancellor’s record is mixed, but her exit brings home how adrift Europhiles in the UK now are

Angela Merkel is used to being unimpressed by British prime ministers. She was appalled by David Cameron’s casual surrender of influence in Europe, all to placate fringe elements in his party. She was stunned, on first sitting down with Theresa May, to discover that there was no plan and no substance behind the “Brexit means Brexit” platitudes.

With Boris Johnson there was no danger of disappointment. His style and methods were known in advance to be everything Merkel is not. He is a bumptious improviser; she is a systematic problem-solver. She sifts evidence and builds consensus. He tells lies and divides to rule.

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