Europe is toughening up. Germany has announced that it will recruit 20,000 more troops over the next few years, bringing its army to nearly 200,000 by 2025. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron – the frontrunner (for now) for the French presidency – came over to London yesterday to give Britain a verbal duffing up.
Monsieur Macron threatened to “reconsider” Anglo-French cooperation on the refugee crisis in Calais, and vowed if he becomes President to refuse it access to the EU’s single market. He also tried to woo Britain’s brainiest, appealing to “banks, talents, researchers, academics” to cross the Channel to France.
Despite the threats, some remain bullish about Britain’s prospects. RT Howard argues today on the Telegraph that the British will keep working closely with their European cousins after Brexit as part of an ‘Entente Frugale’. “Despite the threats and hostile rhetoric,” he concludes. “Europe needs us at least as much as we need it; and we will still be in a position to exert leverage over the EU and its member states, although sometimes in more subtle, indirect ways than before.”
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