The newspapers are full of the story today. The UK has rejected the new EU financial treaty. At the same time the British seem to think they will be allowed to remain in the political and economic entity called the European Union. Not surprisingly the major European powers are enraged and disdainful. Sarkosy refused to shake Cameron's hand at the end of the day. Isn't that enough of a message?
When the UK did not adopt the Euro as its currency, I thought the writing was on the wall for the long term viability of the UK relationship with the EU. IMO the basic problem is that the English do not identify with continental Europeans ( or anyone else really). There are so many English who think themselves a race apart and a superior breed that they ought actually to be Israelis.
In both World Wars the UK's forces occupied the left of the line in France. This was closest to the Channel. the French wll tell you that in both 1914-1918 and 1940 the English were focussed on the Channel ports if things went wrong. Unkind? Undoubtedly and probably unfair. Contrary to what a lot of you ignorantly believe the French have the right to an opinion in this matter. If you think the French did not fight well in WW1 go look at the statistics.
I will be surprised and pleased if the UK does not eventually leave the EU or be expelled. pl