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 Who's on the BBC's Question Time tonight?
- 2 Liz Truss to deliver speech rejecting 'Britain First' strategy ahead of US election
- 3 Tory MP says policies no longer match 'principles on which millions have backed us'
- 4 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 5 More approve of EU leadership than Boris Johnson's premiership, poll finds
- 6 Brexit shambles: A stress of our own making
- 7 Minister self-isolates just a day after being spotted flouting mask rules
- 8 Tory minister's claim over free school meals funding gets quickly debunked
- 9 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 10 Questions over Nigel Farage's quarantine status as he appears on stage with Donald Trump at rally
'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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