Britain declares trade war on mainland Europe

Carlos Moedas, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation (on the right) met Boris Johnson in London, when the latter was the then Mayor of the British capital. (Date: 23/03/2015. Location: London - City Hall. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Cyril Villemain).

A long time ago Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission in charge of Research, Science and Innovation (on the right) visited London. There, he met Boris Johnson, at the time when the latter was the Mayor of the British capital. Obviously, Moedas doesn’t believe a word of what Boris says. (Date: 23/03/2015. Location: London – City Hall. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Cyril Villemain).

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May’s choices of Boris Johnson as Foreign minister and David Davis as ‘Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’, in some respect can be considered as a declaration of a trade war on mainland Europe. The latter of the two despite being almost unknown to the wider public, is even more dangerous than BoJo. Davis will be the main negotiator for the Brexit and has already threatened Germany with trade barriers on car exports.

At times like this, after the carnage in Nice and the attempted military coup in Turkey, a UK – EU trade war is the last thing Europe needs. Davis didn’t lose his time though and launched the first missile in the direction of Berlin. He said that if Germany wants to continue selling Mercedes, BMWs, Audis and VWs to Britain, Berlin has better settle for a good trade deal with Britain.

This is not only an open blackmail to Germany but also an indirect disparagement for the other 26 member states of the EU. What he meant is that the other 26 countries don’t count when it comes to very important EU decisions. To make it clear for everybody to understand he said, “A German Chancellor would have to avoid this, particularly in an election year. In Europe, what a German Chancellor wants, a German Chancellor generally gets.”

Threatening Europe with a trade war

This is tantamount to declaration of a trade war against the EU. Davis cannot be pardoned for what he said, because he has a fair experience of how things work in the EU. He served as his country’s negotiator with the EU from 1994 to 1997. At that time he won the nickname of ‘charming bastard’ and seemingly this is what he is. He didn’t hesitate to imply that Angela Merkel is ready to ‘sell’ the other 26 EU member states and succumb to Davis’ ultimatum, just to win the next election in Germany and continue selling cars to the UK.

Davis forgot to say that the biggest stupidity a European leader committed to win an election after WWII is what David Cameron did. Undoubtedly, Davis was amongst those who pushed Cameron to stage the referendum, which proved to be politically fatal for the previous Prime Minister and the country. To be reminded, that Cameron in 2013 promised this in/out the EU referendum, just to win the 2015 legislative election. We all know the results. He didn’t just lose his job after his political capital vanished like a bubble in one night on 23 June, but also lost his dignity as an utterly wobbly politician. Winning a futile war is not a great honor, but declaring and losing it is quite frustrating and dishonorable.

Davis draws a gun

In any case, Davis seems to be the man for the job to try subduing the EU. BoJo will take care of the entertainment side of the affair. The Foreign minister will just rubber stamp what the new Secretary of State ‘for Exiting the European Union’ agrees with Brussels. Unfortunately, given the way the whole thing started, the day of such an agreement being signed is not yet marked in any calendar.

Prime minister May was probably obliged to take on board to her new government some prominent figures of the Brexit campaign. However, the choices of both BoJo and Davis plus some more prominent Brexit campaigners is already taken as a direct provocation to mainland Europeans. Probably being herself a tardily turned ‘remain’ advocate, she made the mistake to over – correct her own actions in view of the Brexit result and she ended up over-favoring the ‘leave’ side of her own party in forming the new government.

A ‘Charming Bastard’

The ‘charming bastard’ has acted as his nick name tells, that is like a snake in the grass. This kind of such poisonous attacks against Germany and the EU is not the way Europe does business. Davis obviously thinks that with similar tactics he can overcome the resistance of Brussels. He will, very likely, be surprised when he will be facing a solid wall, made of German, French and some other bricks.

Last Thursday Reuters reported that, “Branding him a liar, a coward or a joker, Europe’s political class greeted Eurosceptic Boris Johnson’s appointment as Britain’s foreign minister…”. This was the first reaction from mainland European leaders. Today there is an extraordinary meeting of the 28 EU Foreign ministers, the first to be attended by BoJo.

BoJo in Brussels

The bloodshed in Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey won’t offer any opportunities for jokes there. So, Johnson would rather sit tight and try not to be himself. The entire EU political universe will be focusing on what Johnson says, not says, does or avoids doing. The slightest irregularity or, on the contrary, excessive formalism by this unreserved character will not be forgiven and he will face massive attacks on the slightest occasion.

Al in all, Brexit was quite a tough exercise by any standard. Now, May and company seem to have made it all a ruinous affair.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

EU Commission retracts on the Chinese solar panel case

Greece did it again

Greece: The new government of Alexis Tsipras shows its colors

Chinese economy to raise speed and help the world grow

Ahead of State of the Union the European Youth Forum highlights lack of action on youth employment

Minsk “ceasefire” leaves more doubts than safety, with EU already planning steps further

Far from a healthy Health Workforce: lack of workforce planning leaves our citizens without access to proper care

On Youth Participation: Are we active citizens?

Syria: Why did the US now take the Russian offer for a truce? What next?

ISIS fighters fleeing Mosul for Syria can topple Assad. Why did the US now decide to uproot them from Iraq?

An introduction to ‘Eco-Medical Literacy’ and its importance in shaping expert medical professionals

Council Presidency: Floundering with the EU 2014 budget

Commission to decide definitely on genetically modified Maize 1507 seed

The European Parliament x-rays the troika’s doings

Commission considers anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass imports

MWC 2016 LIVE: The top 5 themes of this year’s Mobile World Congress

ECB offers cheaper money despite reactions from Germany

Who threatens the lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians?

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: who forced the two ‘brave’ Brexiteers to quit?

Does the EU want GMOs and meat with hormones from the US?

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

Entrepreneurship in a newly shaped Europe: what is the survival kit for a young Catalan and British entrepreneur in 2018?

TTIP: why it is worth not to pull the covers over your head?

The Eurogroup protects Germany and blames others

Tsipras imposes more austerity on insolvent Greece; plans to win new early election soon

A new world that demands new doctors in the fourth industrial revolution

EU seems to fail its moderate migration promises postponing them for end 2015

Bankruptcy or referendum: which one is going to be first?

Public opinion misled by the Commission on air transport safety

EU Summit’s major takeaway: a handkerchief cannot save Greece from austerity

Access to ‘affordable’ medicines in India: challenges & solutions

Mobile 360 Africa 11-13 July 2017

A Sting Exclusive: “Regional Policy: a fully-fledged investment policy”, Commissioner Cretu reveals live from European Business Summit 2015

IMF asks Europe to decide on bank resolutions and the Greek Gordian knot

Who is to profit from the quasi announced ECB rate cut?

EU Commission: Germany can make Eurozone grow again just by helping itself

Bitpay @ TheNextWeb 2014: Innovation’s Best Friend

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Changing the Face of Europe

Education expenditure in the EU not hurt much by crisis

Love unlimited

Will Europe be able to deal with the migration crisis alone if Turkey quits the pact?

Brexit update: Leave campaign leads race but undecided voters will determine the outcome of the EU referendum

Drowning in the Mediterranean this summer? Many happy returns

The Brussels bureaucracy blocks the Youth Guarantee scheme

EU Top Jobs summit ended with no agreement: welcome to Europe’s quicksand!

Does the world have strong enough institutions to handle risks like Trump and Brexit?

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

G20 LIVE: “ISIL is the face of evil; our goal is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation”, US President Barack Obama cries out from Antalya Turkey

Refugee crisis: Commission proposes a new plan urging EU countries to help Italy

France: New labour laws for more competitiveness

Merkel’s triumph will make Berlin more unbending

A new arrangement between Eurozone’s haves and have-nots

European Business Summit 2015: In search of a vision for the future

France sneaks into the Geneva US-Iran talks to claim its business share in Tehran

A Sting Exclusive: “There can be no global deal on emissions without China and the USA”, Conservative MEP Ian Duncan stresses from Brussels

UK economy in dire straits: leading banks now officially plan to Brexit too

European Youth Forum on Summit on Jobs and Growth

The West and Russia accomplished the dismembering and the economic destruction of Ukraine

Greece: Tsipras’ referendum victory does not solve the financial stalemate of the country and its banks

More Stings?

Comments

  1. What a load of venomous nonsense.

  2. Best EVER!!

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s