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 Our PM demonstrates why Latin lessons plan is a bad idea
- 2 Twilight of the golden boy
- 3 30 great European books for the beach
- 4 Boris Johnson’s latest offence shouldn’t be overlooked
- 5 Can King Louis turn back the clock?
- 6 Maneskin and the Italian rock revival
- 7 The cannabis conundrum
- 8 Empty shelves are partly down to Brexit - but Leavers won't admit it
- 9 Priti Patel - the poster girl for our poisonous politics
- 10 Has something shifted in sado-populist Britain?
'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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