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Chunnel Fission

Town-criers on both sides of ‘Brexit’ have split Britain. At stake are polity, economy, foreign relations and identity.

Chunnel Fission
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Chunnel Fission
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2016-06-17T21:55:27+05:30

Just how European is Britain? This northern island not quite within, not quite without the continent lauded and blamed in equal measure for so much of what makes the world great, and awful.

Great Britain has always been more warm beer and cricket than red wine and boules; more fish and chips than moules et frites, more invasion than all­iance. And it has a history as rich and intricate as most of its European cousins—linked inextricably in many cases. Incestuous royal families, languages of court and of the people, the Fleur de Lis, the Knights Templar, the Eurovision song contest and the European football championships...this continent may be a house divided, but it is a house nonetheless.

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