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 Boris Johnson proposes saving United Kingdom with 'Project Love' plan
- 2 The only Brexit export boom is from UK businesses rushing to Europe
- 3 Russell Kane: Why working class people like Boris Johnson
- 4 Former Brexit secretary 'privately agreed' with Gina Miller's court action over Article 50
- 5 The stench of scandal seeping out from Britain
- 6 PRINCE PHILIP: Why this Danish, Greek, German immigrant epitomised Britain
- 7 Is Volkswagen about to give Tesla a shock?
- 8 How the vaccines have shifted opinions over Brexit
- 9 Government loses bid to block financial services bill amendment in House of Lords
- 10 MEPs again refuse to ratify Brexit deal amid concerns No 10 is flouting conditions
'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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