BREXIT: LOOSE-LOOSE, but probably necessary*
Dependent, It strikes me as odd how you write about ‘the European enemies of Britain’.** Let’s look at the Dutch. Although our ancestors (imperialists, slave traders, robbers, opium dealers) waged war in the 17th century, we became allies against Napoleon and the Nazis. We have never since seen you as the enemy, never thought about waging war against you again. We are aware of our cultural differences and interests, but we cherish everything we share. Not so sure about you. As close neighbours we naturally trade much. We mutually like to go overseas as tourists (a little bit too much pissed and querulous Brits over here, but our beer is better and cheaper of course). As far as I know we always have tried to make that trade and traffic as free as possible, profiting mutually. One exception: fishing, that is true. Some of the biggest companies in the world are joint UK-Dutch ventures (Shell, Unilever, Elsevier). Hundreds of thousands of your compatriots (‘expats’)work in the Netherlands, always have been welcome. Under the EU many Dutch expatriated to the UK without much obstacles (‘migrants’). So, enemies? I wonder what media you are dependent on when I witness this negativity about the continent we are both part of.
The UK (its elite and media) is its own biggest enemy
I think the biggest enemy of the UK and its people is its elite of media billionaires and irresponsible, incompetent, opportunistic upper class politicians. I think chaos was created in London, not over here. I was against the Brexit because I think it will punish the very people that voted Leave. People who have systematically been lied to. The promises made are false promises. The image of the EU as an enemy is false. Brexit was not analyzed on beforehand. It will cause a social, economical and political disaster in your country and we will be strafed too by the fall-out of the explosion. It is a loose-loose situation.
We did not ask for it
Did we ask for it? The UK always stood with its back to Brussels. The attitude of ‘however the benefits not the burdens’ is tantamount to the leaver’s attitude. It can easily be detected in the lies about Europe. It is the arrogant bottomline in every uttering of Johnson, Davis, ReeseSmoggg. ‘We are superior, Europe is filth’. No, we did not ask for it. Not the Dutch. Today and before our Prime Minister expressed our deep concern about the effects of the Brexit. We are sad. We lost our best friend. It will never be like it was before.
May is trying to save what can be saved
In all this self-inflicted chaos your Prime Minister tries to avoid the worst scenario (no deal) by choosing a slower and more realistic process of exiting. The compromise she defends makes all too clear what the dire effects of a Brexit will be. So now panic broke out in England. I fear that the massive ‘up yours’ to the elites in your country will end in a massive ‘down you’ of everyone except that elites, who already secured French passports for themselves.
My sources are mostly Dutch, I apologize for that. I admit that I did not read the rubbish that is produced on a daily base by the right wing media. I deeply detest the tabloids, wherever in the world. Joris Luyendijk, my main source, lived and worked in England. He was pro remain in the beginning, but now he is pro leave. He thinks the UK needs time to reorganize itself completely before it is ready to understand that the EU is a grand project of civilization, and not an enemy. I do not know what to think, I only know what I feel. I will keep that to myself. I wish you well.
De Britten zijn echt de weg kwijt
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(‘The Brits have lost it’)
Joris Luyendijk: 'Brexit is een zegen voor de EU'
Tegen hun eigen korte- en langetermijnbelangen in, heeft vorige week een kleine meerderheid van Britse kiezers ervoor…
(‘Brexit is a blessing for EU’)
Spectaculair incompetente mensen bekleden de hoogste posten in Groot-Brittannië (en nog twee lessen…
De Brexit en het rumoer eromheen leggen veel zaken bloot die eerder onder het oppervlak bleven. We leerden ‘de…
(‘Spectectularly incompetent people clothe the highest positions in GB and two more lessons of the Brexit’)
And many many more.
*I am Dutch and apologize for my use of your language. Hope I do not mistreat it too much.
**Update: today the EU and May agreed on a Brexit, the EU27 signed the contract. Now we will sit back wearily and witness the prolonged chaos in your political arena’s, where hyena’s gnarl and grawl. We will remember Richard III and other magnificent plays by William Shakespeare. We will remember the great novels of Hilary Mantel. We will shake our heads in disbelief and try to manage the off spin.
Update 2: for people who only understand English
No deal is coming near. The effects will be dire:
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