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No doubt who rules the roost in Europe.

IN 1990 the late Nicholas Ridley, Secretary of State for Industry in the Thatcher government, described the European Union as "a German racket designed to take over the whole of Europe". He was sacked for these comments but, 28 years later, can anyone dispute that Germany now rules the roost in Europe? The euro has reduced Greece to a basket case, Italy's economy is tottering, but nothing will change because the euro exchange rate, which is suffocating the economies of the Southern European EU member countries, is a boom for the thriving export-driven German economy.

Who ultimately is in real control of Britain's Brexit negotiations? The British Government? The British Parliament? The British people? The European Commission? No, the real arbiter of what Brexit negotiating position will be acceptable to the European Union is Germany.

Which is why, perhaps, Theresa May, scuttled off to Berlin last Thursday for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately before her controversial Chequers summit.

Did Theresa May get her Brexit plan approved by the German Chancellor before presenting it to her Cabinet colleagues in the UK? The official unexpurgated notes of the May-Merkel Berlin meeting of Thursday July 5 should now be published without delay.

Peter Henrick, Northfield

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jul 15, 2018
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