Letter: The three views on Brexit we encountered on holiday in Europe
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I've just had ten days in France and North Italy. As I was wearing my EU/UK badge, I got Brexit chat – three types.
My summaries may be useful to readers who discuss more vigorously than this octogenarian.
(1) Leavers in the group I travelled with were polite but firm:
'Bureaucratic gravy train'; 'Under the EU we only produce 10% of our food. Alone, we'll produce 60-80%'; 'We signed up for economic stuff, not this supranational guff';'We decided, so you should support us.'
(2) Anglophones from the developed world thought the UK was mad:
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'You're turning selfish and racist'; 'We trade with you in the EU and we'll continue if you leave – but new agreements will take time and, having less clout, you'll lose'; 'You weaken those resisting authoritarian nationalists like Putin, Erdogan, Orban and Trump.'
(3) Citizens from other EU states were saddened and puzzled:
- 1 Susanna Reid takes on Priti Patel over government's gaslighting of public on coronavirus
- 2 Jacob Rees-Mogg says it's 'all the EU's fault' musicians can't tour Europe
- 3 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 4 Piers Morgan tells Gavin Williamson to resign for being a 'catastrophe'
- 5 PMQs: Ben Bradshaw calls out Boris Johnson over Brexit lies
- 6 ‘Don’t haste ye back’ - Nicola Sturgeon's perfect farewell message to Donald Trump
- 7 Tory MP complains 'less scrutiny of trade deals' than when UK was in EU
- 8 Comedian wins praise after shaming No 10 during Dancing on Ice appearance
- 9 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 10 Brexiteer musician accused of hypocrisy after demanding No 10 help bands with EU visa
'We'll miss you. For all your faults, for two centuries you have helped lead us through so much – through agricultural, industrial and even data revolutions; through wars and reconstructions; through continuing struggles for the values of peace, democracy, the rule of law, freedom of expression and a fair deal for ordinary people. Now, just as all this is threatened and we stumble, you leave us. Worse, you seem to be losing those values yourselves.'
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