A little thread.
To even choose such a line is odd. The UK Brexit referendum was a vote to do *precisely* that.
But to make that the centre piece of a speech to an intelligent audience in Germany is embarrassing.
Such a line might have worked in the House of Commons, but not in Berlin.
Having read the speech:
and listened to the Q&A on the live stream, I must conclude: not much beyond what we have heard from him or May before.
“Now if you want to know the mind of a nation all one must do is read its press.”
Germans read the UK press.
Britain is leaving the deepest trade union there is anywhere on the globe.
“This is not an ideologically driven decision but a practicality based on what our people voted for and the respect we have for the four freedoms of the EU.”
The referendum did not say that.
“Much closer than Canada, much bigger than Norway, and uniquely integrated on everything from energy networks to services.”
No contradiction there?
Continued effort to say what he things an audience wants to hear doesn’t make them believe it.