Should Britain join the United States?
By Gilbert Moon
London Times columnist David Aaronovitch has surrendered. In a column in Thursday's paper he claims that enthusiastic support of British involvement in the European Union is pointless. De Gaulle, he concedes, was right to be sceptical as to whether the British could ever be engaged participants in the European Project. The British do not understand, trust or like their European neighbours. Of late, the feeling is mutual.
Euro-sceptic Tories embrace isolation with glee. We could be another Switzerland, they suggest (though without the mountains and chocolate). Aaronovitch's reaction? "Switzerland, Meh".
He instead suggests (tongue in cheek) that we should apply to join the United States. He lists a number of advantages including the fact that Prince Charles would never become king and that the Scots and the Northern Irish could stop agonising over national identity.
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