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BREXIT – Back to Splendid Isolation.

More than 50% of the British voters want to leave the EU and go back to the splendid isolation.

I don’t think it is a wise decision, but I hope it will be a wakeup call for Europe.

Too much indecisiveness at the main issues.
Too much decisive at unimportant issues.

Europe has to learn how to be strong by diversity and not weak by diversity.
Not only an economic union, but also a social union.

At least a visit to our TE-friend in Britten will be much cheaper for the moment after the collapse of the British Pound today.

I took this picture at Trafalger Square.

"Splendid isolation" was the foreign policy pursued by Great Britain during the late 19th century, especially under the Conservative Party premierships of Benjamin Disraeli and Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury.[1] The term was coined by a Canadian politician, George Eulas Foster (1847-1931), to praise Britain's minimal involvement in European affairs. Historians have debated whether this policy was intentional or forced upon Britain by contemporary events. Some, such as John Charmley, have argued that splendid isolation was a fiction for the period prior to the Franco-Russian Alliance of 1894, and that the policy was reluctantly pursued thereafter.[2] Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby enunciated the policy avant la lettre in 1866 when he was foreign minister:
It is the duty of the Government of this country, placed as it is with regard to geographical position, to keep itself upon terms of goodwill with all surrounding nations, but not to entangle itself with any single or monopolising alliance with any one of them; above all to endeavour not to interfere needlessly and vexatiously with the internal affairs of any foreign country (Wikipedia)

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