Douglas Carswell

16 DEC 2016

So much for the EU's united front

Yesterday's so-called story, making out the PM has no friends in Europe based on ten seconds of footage, only shows how much pundits have bought into Project Fear. The reality is EU countries aren't united on Brexit – any more than they are on anything else.

Brussels may have tried to put up a united front against Britain, but it has already fallen apart. Behind the scenes, member states don't agree with the Commission, and the Parliament doesn't agree with the Council.

That's hardly surprising. When has the EU ever been able to speak with one voice? It's because there isn't a single supranational interest which unites all of Europe that we voted to leave the federalist project – and why other European countries may soon follow suit.

The federalists at the Commission might want to punish Britain pour encourager les autres, but they aren't the only people who matter. Other European nations are not blind to the mutual benefits of trade. They won't back a negotiation based on spite.

Our media do nobody any favours by swallowing the Eurocrats' hype.

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