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EU hothead Macron should take leaf out of Merkel’s book on Brexit – EXPRESS COMMENT

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As the EU’s chief negotiator was so fond of saying, the clock is ticking. But the countdown is now entirely for the EU and the intransigent federalist idealogues in Brussels. Now we have a Prime Minister determined to fulfil the wishes of the British people and ensure we leave this undemocratic bloc on 31 October it has put the onus on the EU.

So it was good yesterday to see Europe’s most senior and powerful government leader Mrs Merkel showing the pragmatism and willingness to break the deadlock.

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What a contrast with the European Council president Donald Tusk who dismissed the Prime Minister’s reasonable approach to replace the Northern Ireland backstop with a derisory Tweet.

Unlike the former football hooligan from Poland, Mrs Merkel has for some time now been the voice of common sense. She understands that Germany and Europe’s economic and security success depends on a good relationship with Britain.

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Britain is still the biggest market for German cars and much more.

She also proposed reopening the political declaration to make it more acceptable.

The issue is whether Europe’s hotheads like French President Emmanuel Macron will continue to be an obstacle to a reasonable approach.

The question now is no longer whether Britain leaves the EU, but how.

Paying their way

The new analysis which reveals that 55 to 64 year olds are paying far more in tax than they take out in benefits underlines that once people retire they have more than paid their fair share back to the country.

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This in turn feeds into the ongoing debate over the future of the free TV licence for over 75s.

It is clear that when people have paid so much into the Exchequer during their working lives that they should then continue to enjoy the benefits of retirement.

It is an outrage that pensioners are going to be forced to subsidise the millionaire lifestyles of the BBC rich list like Gary Linekar and his £1.8 million taxpayer funded salary.

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The BBC benefits hugely from a tax on ordinary people and it should give up on its plans to prey upon the elderly.

Tiers of laughter

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The tale of Chloe and Aaron Bailey’s £450 wedding cake which they watched collapse as they tried to cut it is the stuff of nightmares when couples are arranging their big day.

Some may see this sort of incident as a bad omen but the way the couple took it in their stride and saw the funny side showed a great British carry on attitude.

We wish them better luck for their lives together.

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EU hothead Macron should take leaf out of Merkel’s book on Brexit – EXPRESS COMMENT

As the EU’s chief negotiator was so fond of saying, the clock is ticking. But the countdown is now entirely for the EU and the intransigent federalist idealogues in Brussels. Now we have a Prime Minister determined to fulfil the wishes of the British people and ensure we leave this undemocratic bloc on 31 October it has put the onus on the EU.

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