I’d seen these words of Winston Churchill’s before, but came across them again today reading an article (25 August 2011, “The law is ‘avin a laugh – but the joke is on Britain”) in the Telegraph:
“We are with Europe but not of it; we are linked but not compromised. We are associated but not absorbed. If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.”
I wonder if enough of Britain will remember that before it truly is compromised and absorbed. On the former, many would say it is too late (I would be one of them). On the latter, perhaps it is a matter of degrees.