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What a bitter, bitter day this is

Barnabas Wetton writes on Facebook:

I count BREXIT as a national and international catastrophe. And I take it very personally. I have always been a deeply patriotic person, lucky beyond measure to come from a country that had moved beyond Empire and that, for all its failings, endeavoured to become a place that stood for decency and common sense, fought racism and that treasured its democracy built on robust and fair discussion. I love the Royal Navy, the NHS and the BBC. I love my people’s extraordinary inventiveness and the sharp flowering of my native tongue – the English language is fiercely mongrel and built for wit and laughter tempered with insight and tears. I love England and the UK with a passion.

And so I see BREXIT day today as my generation’s Dunkirk. We have allowed our place at the heart of Europe to be sullied by the most pathetic and inward-looking version of ourselves. I am in grief, for Europe, for Britain too. I demonstrated outside parliament, With a naivety that belies my age I thought if I wrote just one letter more I could turn the tide of this madness. But it was not to be.

If I had to choose between the two I would choose Europe. It is the future to work and live and love together. Quite a number of my wider family died in the NAZI death camps and my uncle bombed Dresden – a war crime in itself – to liberate part of Europe from itself. This must never happen again. Ever. And therein lies the heart of the EU, that we through the force of our collective will make this continent a home for all of us. What a bitter, bitter day this is.

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