Germany chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated a willingness to compromise on free movement a mere six months too late to save David Cameron’s job.
Merkel, who informed David Cameron the free movement within the EU was ‘inviolable’, has realised it is actually perfectly violable after remembering she faces reelection next year.
Free movement and control of borders was a major issue for the British voters during the recent referendum, and Germany has noticed it is a major issue for their voters too, shortly before their forthcoming elections.
“Obviously the right of EU citizens to live and work in Britain could not be undone,” she told reporters.
“But the right to live and work in Germany and France is completely different.
“Especially if I want to win anything or Le Pen is to be kept out of government over the border. That’s the important thing.
“Remember, if you don’t practice the art of compromise, you end up with the art of the deal.”
Critics of David Cameron say he should have negotiated a better deal, apparently unaware that negotiation involves the other party being willing to make concessions – which was ‘impossible’ until it looked like German voters might take matters into their own hands.
Merkel is reported to be disappointed that Britain chose to leave the EU over the matter, but said clearly she couldn’t bend the rules to keep anyone in power, except herself.