Alexander Graf-Lambsdorff, a German politician, is a big fan of Britain and a big fan of the European Union’s proposed transatlantic trade deal with the United States. This week, he’s worried about losing both.
“The U.K. economy is the mother of liberalism. They are a wonderful country,” Mr. Lambsdorff, vice president of the European Parliament and a member of Free Democratic Party, said recently in Berlin. “As liberals, we want to keep them in the European Union.”
Mr. Lambsdorff has good reason to be worried about Britain’s E.U. referendum Thursday.
The departure of the bloc’s most avid free-market economy would remove Europe’s most vocal advocate for liberalizing trade and economic relations.