Two world wars and one world cup, England, England…tell the Krauts to get stuffed.
Public unhappiness with the European Union is “the deepest it has ever been”, William Hague will say on Tuesday.
The Foreign Secretary will warn European governments, including Germany, that British opinions over the EU are hardening, suggesting the current settlement is becoming “unsustainable”.
Mr Hague will make his comments in Berlin, amid tensions between Britain and Germany over Europe and in particular the EU budget. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is said to be irritated by the increasingly strident stance of David Cameron’s administration. The Prime Minister yesterday insisted Britain would “stick to our guns” on his promise to freeze the EU budget.
The European Commission has asked for a budget that would cost Britain an extra £10 billion over seven years.
Mr Cameron’s approach has pleased Conservative MPs but irritated some EU leaders. Reports from Berlin suggest Mrs Merkel is prepared to call off a planned EU summit to discuss the budget next month unless he changes his tone.
German officials played down that threat but made clear that Mr Cameron’s budget stance and his recent hints of an eventual British referendum on Europe are unwelcome in Berlin.
Mr Hague will use his speech today to warn that British hostility to the EU has grown and will deepen without fundamental reforms.
“This Coalition government is committed to Britain playing a leading role in the EU but I must also be frank: public disillusionment with the EU in Britain is the deepest it has ever been,” he will say.