Berlin’s public pronouncements on the risks of Brexit do not yet measure up to the scale of the potential fallout.
The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union has been somewhat absent from the public debate here in Germany. The overall mood in the country has been something like: ‘The Brits have never really been committed to European integration and have decided to leave. We regret that, but we have dealt with the messy divorce. Let’s move on without them.’ As a result, the political drama playing out in London is now landing with a German public unprepared for how it may affect them. This could yet become a major problem for the federal government, especially in a no-deal exit scenario.