After knocking on the door for twelve years, the United Kingdom was finally let into the European Economic Community in 1973. About three and a half decades later large parts of the media, the political elites and the population still treat European integration as an endeavour alien to the native spirit. The degree of estrangement from the European Union seems to be on the increase.
Perhaps a few mock historical texts are needed to liberate Europe from this sceptred isle, gliding towards Manhattan.
Despite the misfortunes of Ethelred the Unready, his doomed fight against continental invaders is as noble as his words: British serfdom for British serfs. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Declaration of Independence
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with the EU, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
We have jointly granted us the Laws, the most necessary and wholesome for the public Good …
If distortions are detected, you can rest assured that they serve a noble cause, the restitution of Ethelred’s glory.
Perhaps the rest of Europe could get back to business.