Over the Channel, things are no different. This week the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron said that Britain could change its mind on Brexit before the end of the two-year negotiating window opened by the Article 50 notice.
He was joined by arch Europhile Guy Verfofstadt, who said that the door would be left open for Britain to rejoin the EU in the years to come, adding that “it will be a brand new door. A brand new door with a new Europe, a Europe without rebates, without complexity, with real power and with unity. That is the door towards Europe.” Eliminating the rebate would cost Brits an additional £4bn a year. Some offer!
But again, ordinary voters are singing to an entirely different tune. Research by the Pew Research Center released this week reveals a growing number of Europeans wanting a referendum on EU membership including a majority in Poland, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, and Greece. Germans, whose national identity is supposed to be intertwined with EU nation-building, are 50:50.