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Brexit seen from the continent

A former ECJ judge says Britain's departure is a boost for Europe

By Franklin Dehousse  

A European and a Union Flag are pictured at The European Council summit in Brussels on June 28, 2018. European Union leaders meet today for the two-day European Council. The agenda includes discussion on migration, security and defence, leaders are expected to discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in July. The European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the state of play of Brexit negotiations and adopt conclusions on progress made. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

Each time I’m asked by a British friend how Brexit is seen from the continent, I think about my great aunt. Whenever we had a family gathering, she demanded special treatment and special food, posed as the embodiment of tradition and respectability, and gave lessons to everybody. There were various opinions about her, but all agreed that she was certainly hard work.

There are various opinions about Brexit, too, and this is important to remember. For many, who have better things to do than to follow…

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