They may be few in numbers but they do exist – the Germans who want Britain to leave the European Union.
“The sworn horror scenarios are nonsense. If the Brits want to leave the E.U., they should go,” Nikolaus Doll, editor of German daily Die Welt wrote this month. “An exit of Great Britain is not a catastrophe for Europe but a salvation. A Brexit could even strengthen the union.”
While a majority of Germans support Britain in the European Union, Mr. Doll is part of the minority that believes Britain’s exit could actually benefit the bloc by helping its remaining nations grow closer together.
The European Union, most in this group agree, is in crisis. Getting rid of the detractors might be the only way to keep the European Union’s core afloat. The European Union might also be able to use the shock of Britain’s exit to finally agree a series of much-needed reforms to make it more responsive to voter concerns.
It’s a question that Lenny Fischer has struggled with for much of the past year: “For a very long time, I have been pro-Brexit,” the German banking executive, until recently head of BHF Kleinwort Benson Group, admitted at a Handelsblatt Global Edition event in London Tuesday night.
Yet as the day of the referendum nears, Mr. Fischer said he’s having something of a change of heart.