The Accusations Begin: David Cameron Blames Brexit On Merkel And EU "Immigration Failure"

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The Brexit vote is history, and so is David Cameron's reign as Britain's prime minister whose gamble to allow an EU referendum backfired spectacularly. And today, in what Bloomberg earlier dubbed his "last summer" Cameron had the unpleasant task of telling his Eurocrat peers during what is hist last Brussels summit why he failed. Only he didn't and instead, as the FT writes, Cameron flipped the tables and told European leaders he lost the EU referendum because they failed to address public concerns over immigration, as tensions rose ahead of looming Brexit negotiations.

The British prime minister said at his final summit in Brussels on Tuesday that fears of mass immigration were “a driving factor” behind the vote and free movement would have to be addressed in Brexit talks. While he did not call her out by name, Cameron was effectively blaming Angela Merkel, whose overly accepting immigration policy in 2015 unleashed a historic refugee wave which ultimately ended up being the deciding factor behind the referendum outcome.

As the FT writes, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and other leaders "blocked British demands before the referendum for an “emergency brake” on migrant numbers and the idea remains anathema to many member states.  Cameron, who announced his ­resignation after last week’s referendum, said that he wanted Britain and the EU to retain “as close an economic relationship as possible”. But, at an emotional dinner, he warned that the UK could not continue to accept large numbers of EU migrants, even if that meant losing access to the single market."

His remarks underscored the hard task facing both sides in reaching a new accord. Addressing the German Bundestag before the Brussels summit, Ms Merkel warned the UK that there would be no “cherry picking” in its Brexit negotiations. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker underscored this when he said that he wants the article 50 “letter to be sent as soon as possible." Giving the UK instructions on how to proceed, Juncker said during a press conference that "if someone from the Remain camp will become British prime minister, this has to be done in two weeks after his appointment. If the next British PM is coming from the Leave campaign, it should be done the day after his appointment."

Juncker urged the UK “swiftly” to clarify its position regarding its plans to break from the EU, warning that the bloc could not be “embroiled in lasting uncertainty”. He also hit back at criticism of him in some parts of the British press, claiming he was not a “faceless bureaucrat” and “would like to be respected”.

More importantly, Cameron's resignation - not literal but figurative - suggests that any hope the Remain camp may have had for a redo of the referendum has been extinguished.

It wasn't just Cameron: even before the session began there had been signs of renewed hostility towards Downing Street. After a heated debate, which at one point degenerated into catcalls and boos for Nigel Farage, the UK Independence party leader, the European Parliament voted for a resolution calling on Britain to begin divorce proceedings immediately.

Some of Mr Cameron’s fellow EU leaders made similar testy remarks. “Married or divorced, but not something in between,” said Xavier Bettel, the Luxembourg prime minister. “We are not on Facebook, with ‘It’s complicated’ as a status.”

As explained over the weekend, the pace and nature of Britain’s exit from the EU together with the triggering of Article 50, have become the most contentious issues in both London and Brussels since last week’s vote. Most of the leaders of the UK’s Leave campaign, who are likely to form the core of a new British government, have said they want to begin Brexit negotiations before invoking Article 50 of the EU treaties, which would formally trigger two-year exit proceedings.

Merkel made it clear that she and other EU leaders have refused to engage in negotiations until Article 50 is invoked, setting up the first of what could be years of difficulties facing Cameron’s successor. Mark Rutte, the Dutch premier and formerly one of Mr Cameron’s closest allies, argued for Britain to be granted “some space”. But he was unforgiving in his reasons why, saying: “England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically." Which, incidentally, is what Brussels calls a victory for Democracy.

Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said it was not for Britain to dictate the pace of talks. “It’s not up to the British Conservative party to set the agenda,” he told the National Assembly in Paris.

What happens next?

On Wednesday, Mr Cameron will be asked to leave the summit while the remaining 27 members hold informal talks on how to approach Brexit negotiations and how to stop them from stretching out over many years.

Addressing the German Bundestag before the Brussels summit, Ms Merkel warned the UK that there would be no “cherry picking” in its Brexit negotiations, her toughest response yet to the Leave campaign’s hopes of securing access to the EU’s internal market while limiting freedom of movement.


She spelt out that the EU’s internal freedoms were indivisible: if Britain, like Norway, wanted access to the internal market then, like Norway, it would have to accept freedom of movement, she said.

Which goes back to the original point Cameron made, namely that it is Merkel's stickiness on freedom of movement that led to the victory of the Leave camp.

The winner today, however, was Nigel Farage, who stole the limelight when he was booed after he called on the EU to take a “grown-up and sensible” attitude to negotiations with the UK. He claimed the result would offer a “beacon of hope” to “democrats” across Europe and threatened that  “the UK will not be the last member state to leave the European Union.

As we showed earlier, Farage concluded: “When I came here 17 years ago and said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”


Farage's moment in the spotlight aside and Cameron's apparent concession on the possibility of a second referendum, the reality is that while all EU leaders would be delighted to see Britain reverse course and choose to stay, most would be loath to offer any concessions for fear that succumbing to blackmail would encourage others.

Cited by the FT,  a senior adviser to one the eurozone’s most powerful leaders said that "this is a matter of survival for us. We cannot allow these tactics to succeed.

Countries such as France and the Netherlands that were once sympathetic to Britain’s plea for curbs on free movement of workers would now be some of the most opposed to further concessions.

As the FT adds, yielding to British pressure would be a gift to anti-EU politicians that the French and Dutch leaders are trying to defeat in elections early next year. Eastern European leaders, meanwhile, appear as implacably opposed to overturning cherished free movement rights.

Then again, as we reported last night, it is now too late, and most likely by design: sensing the Brexit crisis "opportunity", Italy is already planning how to bend Eurozone rules against the use of public funds for bank bailouts, and is strategizing how to funnel €40 billion of European cash into its insolvent banking system. Should Europe reject Italy's overture? Then Italy's PM Renzi will simply threaten with his own referendum, which considering the recent shocking wins by the Euroskeptic 5 Stars Movement in the Rome and Torino mayoral election, will be all he needs to say to get his way.

Or rather not his way, but the way of the person who is quietly covering up all his tracks: after all why are Italy's banks insolvent? Well, who was governor of the Bank of Italy from 2005 to 2011 when he blessed all of the hundreds of billions of now non-performing loans? Why former Goldman Sachs employee and current head of the ECB, Mario Draghi of course, who just may end up the biggest winner from the Brexit crisis. Because as everyone knows, one should never leave a crisis go to waste.

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mantrid's picture

it's just 2nd of the Five stages of Grief:


  1. Denial — The first reaction is denial. In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.
  2. Anger — When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, they become frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"; "Why would this happen?".
  3. Bargaining — The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.
  4. Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to die soon, so what's the point?"; "I miss my loved one, why go on?"
    During the fourth stage, the individual despairs at the recognition of their mortality. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.
  5. Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."
    In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state, which typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable condition of emotions.
mantrid's picture

here was the 1st one: in "there's really, really, really another one to handle this", or not :P

OrangeJews's picture
OrangeJews (not verified) mantrid Jun 28, 2016 6:49 PM


Supernova Born's picture

Mr. Cameron and the losing Bremainders have to give credit to the Neocons and Hillary for their fate.

Libya, North Africa, Syria, etc. were destabilized by the Neocons and their enabler, Hillary.

Merkel allowed Hillary's Hordes to flow unchecked into Europe, many headed for the UK.

Without the spectacle of an uncontrolled immigration tidal wave, Brexit would likely not have prevailed.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) Supernova Born Jun 28, 2016 7:17 PM

WHEN ALL FAILS, blame the immigrants.

nibiru's picture

Guys, IT IS HAPPENING, they started to throw shit at each other. 


It is a very pleasant picture to see them all finally getting at each other throats and not only in our wallets.

cdevidal's picture

WHEN ALL FAILS, blame gun-loving Republicans and call them homophobic

Four chan's picture
Cameron 100% correct on this subject.
Tarshatha's picture

Angela Merkel was only following orders with regards to the (((migrant crisis))).


The architect,

"Current ESI Chairman directly responsible for the final (((Merkel Plan))) document is Istanbul-based Austrian sociologist, (((Gerald Knaus))). Knaus is also a member of the (((European Council on Foreign Relations))) (ECFR), and an (((Open Society Fellow))),"....


"Remarkably, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is sponsored by American multi-billionaire (((George Soros))). And it is George Soros who is the creator of the (((Open Society Foundations))) (OSF)."

A further analysis of ESI's list of funders shows Soros' (((Open Society Foundations))),


Immigration is like one massive (((echo))) chamber.


((( )))

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((( )))


BREXIT manifested because Deutsche Bank has $75 trillion in dark pool derivatives exposure and a price-to-book value of half of what it had back in February, and a trend line indicating that it is heading straight into the abyss faster than you can say BREXIT or FEDEX-IT.

Flatchestynerdette's picture

And yet there was a bid for DB today - who's buying that crap?

Tall Tom's picture





The Plunge Protection Team. Yes I know that it is illegal and outside of the mandate. But who is going to prosecute that bitch, Yellen, and Jack Lew?


The bitch said outright that Credit Swap Lines were open to provide for Liquidity and Stability in the Markets. She is BRAZEN. She just does not give a damn....about mandates under the Charter.


Bang on, Tall Tom, but the ECB was responsible for plunge protection while Mr. Yellen twiddled her thumbs and Mr. Greedscum told us all to buy gold.

acetinker's picture

While what you say is likely at least, somewhat true- the average Briton neither knows nor cares, I reckon.

They're tired, and they know that somebody is fucking them over.  Cameron and Obama stepped into the breach, only to be rejected.

Cool, ain't it?

Like rowdy kids throwing rocks at cops- both are symptoms, not causes.

Wonder if we'll ever see behind the curtain?


Please understand that Obama is a Central Intelligence Agency representative, and Cameron is the MI5/MI6 representative, and that the MIC has stepped into the breach while the Oligopoly is sucking it's thumb in dark corners. Moreover, as the real 'Little Man' behind the curtain I can assure you that I set the process in motion to pull the curtain back enough to see the corruption, criminality, and controling Oligopoly that engineered control through indentured servitude and poverty bondage that was foisted upon all throughout the World at the behest of the few individuals that have amassed the lion's share of wealth distribution throughout the entire World since Goldman Sachs & JPMorgan Chase engineered the controlling architecture. Unfortunately, for GS & JPMorgan Chase, they never expected that any individual in the World could figure out their conspiracy to control the world through their corrupt architecture, and they never understood Quantum Mechanics enough to thwart engineered destruction of their closed-looped system cybernetics. Furthermore, I have set the process in motion to expose the entire architecture via controlled demolition of their combined empire of criminality. I did this via Quantum Mechanics, and Thermodynamics. In brief, the Second Law of Thermodynamics is my armed force that has already defeated the entire Oligopoly and the Military Industrial Complex. I was able to do this because I, for one, actually went to all lectures in tertiary education whilst the Oligopolists purchased their education via corruption instead of actually attending lectures and attaining a working knowledge of Quantum Behavioural Economics/Mechanics/Physics. In sum, they mistakenly thought that their contrived closed-looped system cybernetics was invincible to outside forces because they never attained a working knowledge base of system cybernetics like I did. They are inferior minds and they are by no means any sort of match to someone like myself. So, in reality, I am indeed the 'Little Man' behind the curtain that is exposing the 1% control freaks that have lost complete control of their contrived closed-looped system of control. Further, I have been watching these ignorant uneducated boobs run screaming through the streets since I launched my Zero Sum End Game back in March of 2008, and there is not a God-damned thing any of these ignorant uneducated boobs can do about it because none of them really understand Quantum Behavioural Economics, or Quantum Mechanics compared to myself.


And yes, you, and everyone else, will eventually see behind the curtain because I am the one that is pulling the curtain back for you to see who is really pulling the levers of power that are controlling all politics, and Economics, in the entire world today. Lastly, there is no possible way that the Oligopoly can defeat me tactically because I slaughtered them all back in 2008 in less than one hour just like the Bible said they would be slaughtered.

acetinker's picture

Uh-huh.  So did L. Frank Baum and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) in their day.

We have Bastiat, Boetie, Mises, Smith, Rand and a host of others fucking SCREAMING AT US from the annals of history.  But we didn't listen.

Now comes MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, who claims to have won a battle that has yet to be fought.

Show me.

swamp's picture

They are an army of male adult invaders organized to the hilt. NOT IMMIGRANTS.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

All hail the EuroCaliphate!


Victor von Doom's picture

Why wait for everything to fail?


BarkingCat's picture

that is only partially true.

Britain has gone full retard over 2 decades ago.

Germany is not to blame for all the immigration that Britain is experiencing.  They did it to themselves. 

However Germany inviting all the immigrants in and then trying to force other countries to take them in is absolutely insane.


BobbyRay's picture

Exactly, but the 'tards and Hillary supporters will never admit the connection and will immediately call you a racist, Islamophobe, or similar in an attempt to publicly shame or divert any conversation / debate over the truth.

sam i am's picture
Ukrainians are blaming the West for their misfortunes Victor Medvedchuk to RT : Ukraine is a colony of the West and ruled by foreign governments


EddieLomax's picture

Ukraine has been royally shafted by the west, before they were a corrupt but peaceful bodged up country being offered tasty bribes by Russians and Europeans, but then the EU went full in.

So best of luck paying for your promises, the UK is no longer a party to this clusterfuck, but I am sure there will be plenty of money to bail out Ukraine after you've bailed out Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and paid for the 1 million+ unemployable muslim migrants.  You might have to tell your populations to tighten their belts though, just tell them its all for the common good and I'm sure they'll understand.

So with that all going on the last thing that Europe needs is to raise tariffs against one of their largest export markets, but I would go all in betting that they will do just that, full EU retard, nothing else comes close.

luckylongshot's picture

The real  problem with the EU is that it has evolved into an entity that threatens the core values of democracy. This is why it needs to be destroyed.

swamp's picture

Yeah, call me Dave had NOTHING to do with pimping the EU invader oppress the English NWO scam. Little innocent Davie. It's all HER fat fault.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) mantrid Jun 28, 2016 7:10 PM

'The Jews used to laugh at us, they aren't laughing anymore."

~Uncle Adolf

Luc X. Ifer's picture

He he he, isn't political interest a bitch :) ?! Now moving to damage control mode :) ... finding scapegoats and pointing fingers ... 

knukles's picture

And for once he's just about fucking right.
See, if the EU had not fucked things up, then the UK would never have left!

Handful of Dust's picture

The EU is pissed because it thought it could dump a few million rapefugees on the British citizens who are already reeling from daily attacks by African immigrants there.

fajensen's picture

Don't forget the Pakistanis - and Don't forget about who let all of them in. The Brits did. Commonwealth - more common than wealth i's say. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

Soros and Merkel need to meet the dustbin of history. Soon.

Nexus789's picture

Along with Obozo and the other degenerate leaders 

doctor10's picture

HAH!  The very purpose of unfettered immigration was to quell any nationalist potential uprising through out the EU.  Cameron may have effed up holding the vote this year-rahter than next!!  All the Eucrats now know their jobs and careers are in jeopardy-and they have more power than any unelected should lbe able to access anywhere.  Should be a retro-mix.


Brexit is a reality test. The Brits opportunities historically have been the consequence of their being able to read reality and act on it in a timely fashion-generally before the rest of the world gets it.

The reality is that the future of the world is REGIONAL

The beginnings of the end of the 20th century have finally commenced as people are starting to grasp that attempts to extend 20th century legacy institutions rooted in 19th century ideology are the principle impediments to the 21st century

Some will let it happen gracefully-others will kick and scream. But it all is an inevitability -the only real unknown of which is whether the bankerz and the warierz will allow it to happen peacefully or not.

centerline's picture

The problem is that financialization and physical supply lines are global.  Not all regional areas can self-sustain nor reasonably deal with collapse in world finance.  Peripheral economies will just hyperinflate.  Core economies will suffer massive deflation as credit is destroyed faster than currency demand/production can move through "real" transmission mechanisms.  All are at risk for massive real casualities, political turmoil/overthrown/breakup.  Not pretty.  Going regional or worse... local... is like putting the genie back in the bottle.  But, the genie is going to going to back one way or another.  Rock---hard place.  The elite can't move fast enough and cram enough change into the world fast enough to hold onto globalization.  Likewise, EROEI says we are done anyhow.

shovelhead's picture

You would think that God would use an Enigma machine or something.

BarkingCat's picture

I wouls settle for an enema machine. Compulsory for all politicians and bureaucrats.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Or Sky Writing. In every language, in every country.

No need for glorified Shamans (priests, etc) acting as middlemen, making shit up and attributing it to some Sky Captain.

knukles's picture

Kirk .... try "Project Bluebeam"

drendebe10's picture

Finally, a NWO shill identifying the responsibility  where it belongs 

Never One Roach's picture

Soooooo ... the cartoons didn't work?

Cabreado's picture

No... sorry, Kubler-Ross is not the be-all-end-all salve to all that ails us.
That's a very weak copout.

yrad's picture

Ugh, what 2 dipshits down-voted this comment. It's spot on...

Cabreado's picture

I did.

And it's not "spot on" -- it's useless.

fajensen's picture

Yo CallMeDave(tm): Push that article 50 button already, clown, and rid us of your collective stupidity!