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The EU had no way of giving Cameron a break on Brexit

The EU had no way of giving Cameron a break on Brexit

Friedrich Merz, the leader of Germany’s center-right Christian Democratic opposition party (CDU), places part of the blame for Brexit on Berlin and Brussels (“Berlin and Brussels are partly responsible for Brexit, says the future”) German leader”, Report, May 8).

This is easier to achieve now that secessionist talk has subsided in Europe. But at the time of David Cameron’s deal with the EU (February 2016), Marine Le Pen, candidate for the French presidency, had not yet abandoned her call for Frexit (May 2017) and Italexit was still seriously discussed by some around the world. Rome.

Not to mention the need to avoid creating an undesirable precedent for candidate countries. There was therefore little room for political maneuver at the time.

Andrew Fielding
Former advisor to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, Brussels, Belgium