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Tue Jan 3, 2012, 07:25 PM


' Of course, the Canadians and Mexicans might not go for this, in which case Washington could offer statehood to Britain..' Surely, surely, this is a sarcastic article. For a number of reasons. To begin with, it seems to me the author is missing the point by assuming that Britain's gripe with Brussels is primarily an issue of incompatibility with their cousins in the hinterland. While that is true, what the British treasure most is their freedom. That will not be served by refusing to be the 18th member of the eurozone only to become the 54th member of the enlarged USA. Secondly I cannot see what benefits could accrue to Britain as a result of such membership, considering Britain cannot physically uproot itself from its current location and attach itself to America. It is a fact of life that one can chose their friends, not their neighbours. And history shows that the most effective economic alliances are ones united more by common geography than common agenda. The fact Britain does most of its trade with Europe is a fact of life that cannot be wished away, or even legislated for. Of course this is not to say that the euro will survive; personally I doubt it. The following satirical article shows how the messy divorce could play out on Twitter.


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