Greece has become a flashpoint of protest in Europe
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
When David Cameron first announced the UK’s referendum on Europe in 2013, the reaction from EU capitals was disdain. Brexit would be a disastrous error for Britain – perhaps suicidal – but Europe would brush off the effects.
As I reported at the time, Spain’s foreign minister José Manuel Garcia-Margallo told us that Brexit would lead to “terrible devastation” of our industries, leaving nothing left but “a few petty bankers” in xenophobic isolation.
“David Cameron must understand he cannot slow the speed of the EU cruiser,” came the finger-waving admonition from Madrid.