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The Brexiteers are wedded to the belief that the EU is the Fourth Reich in disguise and that, ergo, Merkel runs the EU. They seem further wedded to the economic determinism of the early Marx, ergo, the Car Companies run Germany.

For all their economic domination, and perhaps because of it, Germany is wedded to the political project that is the EU. Hence they are often happy to defer to Brussels, and even to a minor member like Ireland when a vital national interest is at stake.

No amount of evidence seems to shake the Brexiteer belief that they can ignore Ireland and bypass the Commission. It seems almost beneath their dignity to be dealing with a minor nation or trumped up bureaucrats in Brussels. The real players have to be Merkel, and, at a pinch, Macron.

Pretty soon all their hate figures - Juncker, Barnier, Tusk and Merkel will be gone - replaced by people with less knowledge and less interest in the UK. They had better move quickly if they want a deal at all, and if they don't many in the EU will be happy to simply see them out without a thought of keeping even a window open.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 4th, 2018 at 05:47:27 PM EST
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