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Scottish writer to the Brexit : We had the stars and grabbed the moon

My diary from 10. January begins with the entry: "pond chicken draw the most beautiful concentric circles." I had returned from my weekly walk around the Schlachtensee. With its pine trees, oaks, Beeches, silver birches and a Rowan, which reminds me of the hills of my native Aberdeenshire, the change of the seasons there is wonderful to watch.

At the same time, I know the concentric circles of a return to Berlin, that was once my home: a familiar, but in the meantime, a significant change in the place where the debates of the 90s, how you can put the horrors of the past, a monument, something that cannot be overlooked have, today belongs to the character of the city. I admire this aspect of Berlin and consider it also as my home. Anyone who knows me knows that music, literature and friendships – and Yes, the lakes have contributed to the fact that my return was inevitable. I needed a while to realize that.

An identity, many embossing

to return to a city that was, for me, in recent years, home and adventurous Venture, proved to be just as seductive as it is complicated. My new, in-depth love relationship needed time. Now, however, I wiesele through the whole of Berlin and visits to all possible authorities. I'll spoke to me and naturalisation tests and bundle up the receipts that have accumulated in the course of my former nine years in Germany, while I at the same time documenting that my Jobs in the United Kingdom wanted to bring the German-British relations in a European sense.

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We all plague ourselves with questions of Identity. How do I deal with them? When I hear certain pieces of music, I am a Scot to the marrow; when I drink the air of the Cairngorms breathe or the delicious tap water of Aberdeen, this is a part of me. I am the student, the shy in the South, to Oxford, opened the door, to find there the best friends that a girl can have. Also London, where I edited the magazine "New Books in German", for years was my home. Manchester, the Welsh book village of Hay-on-Wye and the Scottish Islands of Skye, Orkney, and Shetland – all of these places have made me what I am.

The Brexit has kept me in suspense

I can but say: I am a Berliner. A Scottish girl from Berlin who believes in a reformed European Union, a great future could lie. I want to be able to enjoy my children and my great nephew the opportunity, the freedoms of working, living and loving abroad with the same ease, as we once did. We kept these freedoms only for too, of course.

The concentric circles of the Brexit me how so many in the last few weeks in the breath-held: the personal, the family and society of the entire country and far beyond.

In January, I went by train on a "winter journey" by icy snow landscapes. I traveled to political debates to Dresden, Munich and Hamburg. The British Embassy-organized events to life through the individual stories of the civil rights activists of "the British in Germany", which, in turn, are a part of the "British in Europe". I experienced a lot of Alice-in-Wonderland-moments, which were not of the official government line covered. The Whole thing was a matter of the highest British politeness, even if it seemed to gain some of the unspoken truths belonging to. The mood shifted from incredulity in passionate doubts as to the Tearing of the decades happy living and working conditions, and to mourning, and deep fatigue.

can't hurt and to hear!

However, it is not for stock, maybe too late, and it is possible, otherwise to continue. Maybe a check can make list such as the following in the current political mess. Here are my seven recommendations to the politicians of Westminster.

1) can't hurt! Reminds you of your Form of the Hippocratic oath. Listen to the voices beyond the divisive talkers and their tirelessly repeated formulas. Beware of the debating artists that can hit at any theme on any page. Remember your moral obligation to serve the Use, and Pious of the country, and does not support the processor.

2) be brave! To say dare: "We gave it our Best, to find arguments for a decision, before their sheer complexity was manifest. But now we come to the conclusion that it serves the Nation the most, to stay in the European Union and to reform it with the support of all those who from the inside out, we would like to mention Again in all honesty, our friends and allies in Europe.“ Find then the courage of article 50, by a clear decision of Parliament to take back, or give to the citizens of the United Kingdom again have the Chance to look at the debris field in the last two years with open eyes.

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3) Working on reconciliation! Does this urgent need. A cross-party peace-making group should be used to eliminate the convening of the referendum by 2016, the resulting trenches.

4) Creates a cross-party emergency government! Such a mixed government, which is working towards a national unit, which is suitable to close the cracks in the ground after the earthquake.

5) Listen! A politics that listens to all voices in the country really is needed. Each of us takes on a task, after we have learned how quickly the perspectives diverge. We need to create local-level forums for regular meetings between Government officials and citizens.

6) take Care of the members of the European Parliament: It is time to take them much more seriously than in the past. Reforms from the inside out to ensure that we understand their role in the big scheme of things. We need to trust the European Parliament, to formulate in the face of uncooperative forces of counter-narratives. Only then can one hope that in the upcoming elections in Brussels and Strasbourg-European forces gain a foothold, to be a benefit to us.

the European Union is The best idea we ever

7) note, the extra point: The naturalist and wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough had should be invited to a monthly, nationally televised speech to Westminster, in which he reminds us that we are all extras in the spectacle of this beautiful planet earth. We need to protect him, together.

On a tile of my Berlin bathroom is a post-card with William Blake's engraving "Ladder Moon". He shows the two embracing figures in the star-drenched night, while a third figure, set up a ladder to the moon. The caption reads: "I want! I want!“. This image seems to me to bring the UK's puzzles to the point: We had so much, in fact, we had the stars, but we reached for the moon. The last word I would like to leave Jürgen Klopp, the team Manager of Liverpool FC, said: "The European Union is not perfect, but it's the best idea we ever had. In the past, there is not a single proof that the separation was successful.“ Let us be brave and reconciliation.

The native of Scot Rebecca K. Morrison lives and works as a journalist, literary critic and Translator in Berlin. – From the English by Gregor Dotzauer.

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