The current situation regarding Britain and it’s place in Europe is a concerning one. I was born in Germany, in a British military hospital. Up until the age of 18, for half of my life ‘home’ was located overseas in mainland Europe.
I see myself as a European, Germany is as much my home as Britain.
Ultimately though, I am a ‘child of the Universe’. (Desiderata, Max Erhmann, 1927)
We are living in a time of serious Global issues and transition, the status of the Earth currently hangs in the balance. After so many years of war and hardship on both sides of the channel we should be concentrating on these Global issues, not unpicking the work and decisions (whether right or wrong) of that which has gone before. This is a time when we need to work together for the Greater Good, for all, not just in the interest of the few.
During my French A-level, 1997-8 I visited Luxembourg City and conducted a field study asking the residents of the city what they considered their nationality to be: Were they European or Luxembourger? The majority answered European, and although a small Duchy nestled in mainland Europe, their History much like our own is drawn back to Iron Age Celts, Roman invasion and a ebb and flow of borderlines. Humans have existed in Britain for half a million years, for only 10% of that time has it been an island (England, Wales and Scotland).
Our ancestors were European and so are we.