This house in Newquay is a good symbol for how Britain sees itself in Europe.
The house probably believes that it is self-sustainable, while relying heavily on commerce and cooperation with the mainland.
In the Cornish Guardian, a letter was published this week, asking “Why are the Cornish so pessimistic about Brexit when we live in such a lovely part of the world?” The correspondent went on to argue that this, combined with “a lovely climate” and being “surrounded by sea” will attract visitors and endless riches.
This shows the inward-looking naiveté plaguing parts of this country. Nobody, especially not me, wants to dispute that Cornwall is beautiful. I love it here! But the combination of beautiful landscape, lovely climate and lots of water is hardly a unique selling point in a European Union that includes countries such as Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Portugal and Croatia. Even Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and the Netherlands have coasts with plenty of water, and they do get nice weather from time to time. If holidaymakers want to go to an English-speaking country, there are Malta and Ireland. Why the number of visitors from the EU to the one country, where their free international roaming and their health insurance won’t work anymore after Brexit, should increase dramatically, I don’t know.