I don’t want to bore non-Brits with too many comments on Brexit, existential though it is. But I would like to tell a short story.
My wife and I were recently walking round an ancient Greek temple in Sicily when a man, who I had never seen before in my life, approached me, and, with his face six inches from mine, told me he was French and from Paris. He said to me, quite fiercely:
“I hope you did not vote for Brexit!
To which I replied, “Do you think I look like the sort of person who would vote for Brexit?”. He looked a bit disconcerted. I continued without a pause for thought:
”Brexit, Monsieur, is the worst disaster to have occurred to Britain since 1066, when you guys sent over the Normans to conquer us, introducing your feudal system into the British Isles, by the way”.
What could he reply?