Friday 22 September 2017

Think you don't care about Brexit? Think again, because it will change everything

Two activists kiss in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany, to protest against a potential British exit from the European Union Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
Two activists kiss in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany, to protest against a potential British exit from the European Union Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
John Downing

John Downing

'Why don't ye all just get on with harmonising sewer pipe gauges, or whatever, and leave me out of it." That dismissive comment from a long-time friend, when the EU came up in conversation, was typical of what I often heard on visits home during a decade of living and working in Brussels, reporting European issues for this newspaper.

People have a low boredom threshold with most foreign policy issues; the EU has a mind-numbing propensity all of its own. We rarely think of it. We used to vaguely think it 'a good thing' - now we vaguely think 'it might not be so good'.

But next Friday morning we will finally know whether British voters opt to leave the EU. We will face a very uncertain few years if they do opt for 'Leave'. Even if the 'Remain' side carries the day, a close margin may suggest a re-run sooner rather than later.

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