Dunkirk and the myths that still rule Britannia

How much did Britain’s belief that it stood alone in World War II influence its decision to retreat from the EU?

23rd July, 2017

It’s fascinating these days to observe our nearest neighbour. In fact, I suspect most of Europe is equally fascinated. Despite many deeply worrying signals, the Brexiteers remain resolute, seemingly untroubled. I wonder how much of the stiff upper-lip is down to the emotional pull of that old mythical role of Britannia standing alone and defiant in the 1940s.

In the days before the referendum vote, it had even floated to the surface in...

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