Possible Brexit: Why German Netizens Wouldn’t Mind

Possible Brexit

Why German Netizens Wouldn’t Mind

David Cameron takes the gloves off: He handed in his demands for Britain to stay in the EU. Annoyance is the #1 reaction in German social media. Why? The German Gist gives the top four reasons why #Brexit (=British exit) was trending on German Twitter.

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On Tuesday, October 10th British Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his demands for Britain to stay in the EU. Should these demands be met, Cameron plans on campaigning for Britain to remain in the 28-nation bloc ahead of a referendum, which is scheduled to take place before the end of 2017.

On the long list of demands, Cameron wants, among other things, to restrict the number of EU-citizens migrating to the UK, to reduce financial help and social welfare for non-Brits in the UK, and to strengthen the position of national parliaments, thus weakening a common European government (which is directly in opposition to the founding principles of the EU).

After the British demands became public knowledge #Brexit was trending on Twitter. On the microblogging website German users display annoyed reactions to the British demands.

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If they want to leave, then finally let them go.

Wenn sie denn gehen wollen, dann laßt sie doch endlich ziehen

was Maik Funke’s reaction on Twitter when news of the demands broke.

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…The British temper tantrum is annoying. #Brexit? Yes, please!

(…) Das brit. Kaspertheater nervt. #Brexit? Gerne, danke!

says another Twitter user @fun_pas about Cameron’s list of demands.

But why is it that German netizens react so annoyed?

Here are the top four reasons:

1. Cameron does not understand the goals of the EU

Because the Cameron demands seem so controversial to the general underlying principles of the EU, where less power for nations, more power for the EU and freedom of movement are a founding goal, German netizen @Sagichdochnich1 asks:

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Why does one become a member [of the EU] if one does not like the concept?

wieso tritt man eigentlich bei, wenn man dem Konzept nichts abgewinnen kann?

Or as Twitter user Jörg Seidel puts it:

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Instead of #Brexit Cameron wants that the EU exits the EU.

Statt #Brexit will Cameron also, dass die EU aus der EU austritt

2. This is just the beginning

What starts with special treatment for the British could end in a Union of special treatments, think some German Internet users. Some therefore, like newsreader bestrosi, oppose Cameron’s demands:

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GB is the role model for Eastern Europeans when it comes to special treatment.

GB ist für die Osteuropäer das große Vorbild, was Extrawürste (…) angeht.

Netizen iffelsine says:

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If GB leaves [the EU], then the sulky other Europeans will try something similar and will further weaken the EU economy. Sooner or later the East Europeans will found their own Union.

Wenn also GB austritt, werden die eingeschnappten Resteuropäer ähnliches versuchen und die EU-Wirtschaft weiter schwächen. Die Osteuropäer werden über kurz oder lang eine eigene Union gründen (…).

3. This is blackmail

Netizen Martellus83, like some others, thinks that the British way is just blackmail and harms the values the EU was founded upon.

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What Cameron is doing is called blackmail in criminal law. GB wants to keep on picking and choosing and leaving the burdens and duties to others. I worry that the EU will soon collapse because of the selfishness of the national states. A mutual union of shared values cannot be kept alive by a few volunteers.

Im Strafrecht nennt man das was Cameron macht schlicht und einfach Erpressung. GB will sich weiterhin und noch stärker die Rosinen herauspicken und die Lasten und Pflichten den anderen überlassen. (…) Ich fürchte, dass die EU durch den Egoismus der Nationalstaaten schon sehr bald gestorben sein wird. Eine solidarische Wertegemeinschaft kann nicht von einigen wenigen Willigen am Leben gehalten werden.

Netizen alter_nativlos comments:

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Sounds remarkably moderate, but blackmail is still blackmail. The EU is hollowed out anyway. Because of selfish reasons the “values” are trampled on. At some point there will only be a multicultural Germany that pays for everything left. I stand by this guideline: If you can be blackmailed once, you can always be blackmailed. (I) would not even start negotiations with Cameron.

Klingt erstaunlich moderat aber Erpressung ist und bleibt Erpressung. Die EU ist ohnehin ausgehöhlt, die “Werte” werden im eigeninteresse einzelner Staaten mit Füßen getreten. Irgendwann bleibt Deutschland als multikulturelle Zahlergesellschft übrig. Ich stehe zu dem Grundsatz: Einmal erpressbar, immer erpressbar und würde gar nicht erst in Verhandlungen mit Cameron eintreten.

4. Business before pleasure

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(I’d) prefer an end with #Brexit to forever paying court to a country which wants all the EU privileges but none of the duties.

Lieber ein Ende mit #Brexit, als ewig eine Nation zu hofieren, die alle Rechte aber keine Pflichten der EU will.

Explains @fun_pas why he would not mind a Brexit.

What he might have had in mind when twittering “EU privileges”, explains news reader AWKBL on the website of the weekly magazine Die Zeit:

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(They) only want to profit from EU agriculture and other subsidies and to take all the advantages that the EU provides for the financial center London, but they otherwise only have impertinent demands. (But) being in and outside of the EU at the same time – no one can demand that. If someone does anyway, that should be firmly declined.

Nur von Agrar- und sonstigen Subventionen profitieren und alle Vorteile nutzen, die die EU dem Finanzplatz London bietet, aber ansonsten nur unverschämte Forderungen stellen … (…). Drinnen und draußen zur gleichen Zeit, das kann niemand für sich beanspruchen. Tut er es aber doch, sollte das mit größter Bestimmtheit zurückgewiesen werden.

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