Yikes! even Donald Trump, after endlessly praising the wisdom of Brexit, is maybe beginning to "get it"?
During a 75-minute meeting in Brussels today, Trump discussed trade, foreign policy and the U.K.’s EU exit with European Council President Donald Tusk … [and] said he is concerned Americans may lose their jobs because of Brexit ["probably referring to London-based American investment banks cutting staff"].
Albion's neighbors, though, in a rapture of schadenfreude, are savoring American and especially British voters' stupidity, as this delightful read from Politico's Matthew Kaminski makes clear in several passages:
Even if Brexit is causing headaches in Dublin, with Britain’s departure the city is set to become a back office for the accountants and lawyers who service European finance.
To businesspeople here [in Germany], Prime Minister May’s Brexit-means-hard-Brexit is an act of sheer insanity, "an amputation," as one puts it. And not because it is a rejection of "European values" and liberalism — such airy notions hold little currency for the practical Germans — but because of what it’ll cost the U.K. in lost trade and income.
"Brexit may end up being a blessing in disguise," says [Spain's foreign minister]. "It may end up giving unity that was missing. In part, it was the same with the Soviet Union, which was an external [unifier]"…. That [comparison] may not go down well in London. But then the British capital seems too consumed by political turmoil and unfamiliar stirrings of self-doubt and creeping decline to notice such slights from across the Channel.
Precisely. And once again we are cousins, my dear Brits; we are locked arm-in-arm by profound Anglo stupidity — both at the very bottom and at the very top.