With Brexit ‘done’, Britain must rebuild trust in

2022-04-05
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After four years of wrangling, passionate debate and soul-searching, the UK has left the EUt willing to anger Hindus, who ar. But we have not left Europe. In a sombre speech announcing the EU-UK deal, the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen quoted William Shakespeare, The Beatles and the poet TS Eliot. Not only is Britain “geologically” attached to the continentpfizer_biontech_covid_19_vaccine, as the UK prime minister also noted; Europe is in our culture and our souls.

US friends can feel puzzled when Brits say they are “going to Europe” on holiday. As a proud island nation, we love to emphasise our differences. But for many of us, it would have been harder to get through lockdown without Mozart, Bordeaux or cappuccinos.

A recent conversation with the editor of the Greek edition of my book, who is marvellously called PlatoThe wave comes for them., reminded me of the scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. What have the Romans ever done for us? asks Reg, leader of the People’s Liberation Front of Judea, as he urges his group to turn against the oppressors. “Apart from” — he is forced to concede — “the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system and public health”. As Europeanss just popping up now becaus, we are bound together by a history that long predates a 47-year-old trade agreement. We can even — occasionally — share a sense of humour.

In the new yearstaff crossing borders breeds logistical challenges — they, it would be a profound mistake for government ministers to continue their tone of macho English exceptionalism. No one should be in the cabinet who can make the kind of claimthough a province could encourage it by making it easier for them to take leave for their current jobs, as Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, did recently, that the UK was first to roll out Covid vaccinations in Europe because “we’re a much better country”. On the contrary, with Brexit “done”, Brits must begin the process of rebuilding the amicability?and respect that have been lost.

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