One can speak very technocratic if Britain's planned withdrawal from the European union. What happens at the northern ireland border, what sections should be added in the next –possible – agreement, what happens with the import duty on dairy products and becomes Brexit soft like a French chèvre or harder than a cheddar from Yorkshire?
But these issues, relevant as they may be, misses the most important aspect in Brexitdiskussionen. It can be summarized in three words: We belong together. The uk and the continent is a – historically, culturally, and emotionally.
”They shall not grow old” of ”the Lord of the rings”director Peter Jackson, we follow the young brits who dig themselves down in the Flanders mud during the first world war. Just over twenty years later went to the united kingdom across the channel once more, now to defend Europe against the dictatorship ok. It is still worthy of the greatest gratitude.
Then, the british people stood side by side with soldiers from other free european countries, including their former enemies, several times. As well as the rest of the EU, the country is now a target for both islamic extremism as information warfare with the wires to Moscow, Beijing and Tehran.
will the vulnerability to increase in both London, Berlin and Stockholm. Alone is weak. We need each other, we can help each other – we belong together.
If the cultural affinity across the English channel, many can testify. Well all the Swedish, German and Polish chicks who are travelling to Brighton on a language course as the british tourists who are placed by the Spanish vindalar and polcirkelns the northern lights. Fastlandseuropéer enjoying pubkulturen in London and Glasgow at the same time as travelers from the Uk eat pâté in Paris and drink Valpolicellavin in Venice.
during the years studied abroad as part of the EU programme Erasmus and come back a bit better, a little more open-minded people. The borders are porous, insignificant and unnecessary, for we belong together.
Without the Beatles no continental pop music. Without Kraftwerk, no british dance music.
As Swedish can be particular and appealing keep up the Abba, as three generations of britons have danced and fallen in love to, and Ikea, where the british party's love turns to resentment (and then reconciliation).
But one can also point to our deep common heritage. It is not possible to travel in the north of England, and, in particular, in Scotland, without noticing how we are woven together by languages and traditions. All of these place names ending in ”by”, ”bay” and ”thorpe”. All vikingaruiner which yet remains in the Nordsjöblåsten, all of the linguistic memorials of the norsemen influence.
made it to the Uk and the Nordic countries are often unable to find common ground in the EU, and formed a healthy counterpoint to Germany and France. Or have we been able to agree special thanks to our consensus on free trade and openness?
We belong together. Without the Beatles no continental pop music. Without Kraftwerk, no british dance music. Turner and Banksy is loved just as hot in Europe as Monet and Munch, in London. While the europeans are absorbed in the intractable Midsomer murders fascinated the English, the scots, welsh and nordirländare of the depressing realism of the last deckarserien with Scandinavian noir.
the Continent is isolated”, reads an old joke about the british self-image. In these days of trembling Brexitosäkerhet you can interpret it literally. We would possibly not be isolated if EUROPE was an island nations poorer, but we would lose a world of community and togetherness.
Think about. Flip back. We belong together.