At midnight on January 31st, Britain’s 47-year engagement in post-war Europe’s greatest achievement came to an end, “not with a bang but a whimper” writes (referring to TS Eliot’s well-known verse) Professor George Pagoulatos, Director General of ELIAMEP on the Sunday edition of Kathimerini. G. Pagoulatos harshly criticizes anyone who, unaware of the fact that last Friday Great Britain was turning into little England, welcomed their country’s departure from the EU. If Britain chooses to compete with Europe fully free from the European single market rules, then this would undermine the single market established rights for the EU itself, but also push for a mutual shift towards greater protectionism. This,as he argues, would be mutually damaging, doubling the already mutually damaging effects of Brexit. Pagoulatos stresses that in the new reality that is being formed both Britain as well as the EU have every interest in staying as closely connected as
possible. Pagoulatos points out that, on a number of important issues, Britain has identical or converging views with the EU: from the Middle East and Iran to the defense of multilateral international institutions and free world trade, the Paris climate agreement, politics across China and 5G, and much more. All this brings Britain closer to Europe than Britain’s famous special relationship with the US would suggest. A relationship so special that only one of the two parties is aware of it, as Helmut Smith once sarcastically noted.
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