Yes – I want my country back too. I want one that is open, welcoming, part of the world and part of the solution to the world’s problems. Brexit is a withdrawal from the world, an isolationist shutdown which can never work as we will remain part of the world and geographically part of Europe.
I want my country back. It’s a refrain we’ve heard a lot in the last 5-10 years. It’s generally a call to restore some sense of what being British really means, of what Britain should feel like, and the people Britain should be composed of. What has made this refrain so commonplace is the sense that Britain has lost its sense of identity to an influx of immigrants from the EU and elsewhere. If only we could get shot of that damned institution we’d be able to get our country back.
My father-in-law is an ex-pat who lives in France and drives around in a French car. Every once in a while he drives over to see us. On one such occasion he drove it to a local supermarket in Strood, Kent. At a set of traffic lights he stopped, and a man ventured towards his car, as if he…
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