Mistake on the front page of December 15, the English are still driving on the left… but no longer hold the road.
Many thanks and congratulations on the superb number of The cross of December 15 devoted to the English in which you offered us a deeper, diversified and instructive light on our so strange neighbors. But while reading this issue we better understand some of the driving forces behind Brexit, it will always remain an injury for Europeans on the continent.
I read with interest your Brexit special and I find in it this affirmation, often expressed, that the English won the 1939-1945 war and take great pride in it.
Far from me the idea of minimizing the British resistance to the bombardments and their contribution to the D-Day landings, but it seems to me that without the obstacle of the sea for the German army to cross, the British army would doubtless not have resisted, just like the French army, to the German invasion. I have no recollection that the English army distinguished itself in the Dunkirk pocket.
The fact that England subsequently proved effective, showed a strong spirit of resistance and served as a “bridgehead” to the American army should not make it forget that Germany’s main victors are the Russians and Americans.
“Brexiters” seem to me inclined to embellish their history as they do with their ex-Empire.
I do not see anything in the special pages of December 15 on what can be hoped for as an exception to the consequences of Brexit, when it comes to fishing and our Norman front: the Channel Islands. On the one hand, the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom (only dependent on the Crown) and “non-European” strictly speaking since they are linked there, it seems to us, only by the Council of Europe (European Convention on Human Rights). On the other hand, in the field of fishing, the reciprocal bailiwicks of the islands signed the so-called “Granville Bay” agreements in July 2000. Pity not to have recalled these data in the Brexit news.
In 1957, when we started talking about a common market, I was afraid, afraid of the German industry, especially the automobile industry, which was going to destroy us. So when General de Gaulle feared to play the game, he was trusted. Ultimately we weren’t wrong.
But from that time on, England declared itself hostile to a united Europe. The British then created the EFTA (European Free Trade Association), which ultimately had little success. They therefore opted for entry into the common market to divide it from the inside, which they have been doing for forty years. They have decided today to get out of what has become Europe, but they want to get out leaving behind a divided Europe. However, to date they have not achieved their objective, and this because of a remarkable man: Michel Barnier.
Michel Barnier has a method. First he believes in what he is doing. Then he does not put himself forward. He doesn’t talk to the media, no press conferences, no public conversations with politicians. When a European state poses a problem, it will speak using discreet diplomacy to smooth things over. If one day we want to achieve a political Europe, it is with men and methods of this caliber that we will be able to progress.
Even if we can regret it in principle, it is a fact that Brexit brings relief and renewed efficiency to continental Europe. The United Kingdom has always been a brake on community initiatives and never a full partner, starting with the currency. Once Brexit is over, nothing prevents, beyond the framework agreements being negotiated, from jointly initiating specific projects, of which Concorde, Eurotunnel and Airbus are illustrious precedents. We could thus, in spite of appearances, have on both sides relief and progress. (…)
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Finally a newspaper with only two pages out of forty dealing with the Covid! The special Brexit edition of Tuesday, December 15 is very interesting and changes us numbers that have only talked about a pandemic for eight months, as if nothing else was happening on the planet. We breathe despite the concerns of a hard Brexit. Thank you to those who made these exceptional pages.
The European fisheries policy was badly negotiated by France, which did not need to open its waters to fishing factories. It is the policy of the sea that is painful to see, with a resource and opportunities left aside, cargo ports that have not seized their opportunity. No ounce of potential wealth can be overlooked today, nor yesterday. Pray for a Vauban to return. A genius of maritime resources!
There was an agreement, in extremis, between the United Kingdom and the European Union, but unfortunately British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided that the United Kingdom would withdraw from the university student exchange program of the EU, Erasmus. I consider this decision to be very negative, because Erasmus was a means of overcoming the chauvinism of States which sometimes have very little respect for multilingualism and the right to be different in the face of the imposition of the uniformity of States, which is very reductionist and anti-European.
Josep M. Loste
Regarding the post-Brexit agreement found between the United Kingdom and Europe, we think back to the words of Jean-Louis Bourlanges: “The United Kingdom had one foot inside (Europe) and one foot outside; now it’s the other way around ”. But if this pitiful year 2020 is still to be marked with a milestone, it is indeed about the European leap that constitutes, in addition to the united front carried out for this negotiation, the pooling of the debt contracted to finance the plan of revival.