I would therefore like to suggest that we take a less committed look at the situation. It seems to me that we could do a lot worse than withdraw from Europe altogether with a view to becoming the 51st state of the USA.
We should then be dealing with people who share much the same language, who have consistently shown themselves on the side of peace and with whom we have enough in common not to worry too much about difficult treaty and defence obligations. As regards trade, the Americans might well welcome enthusiastically the idea of a Hong Kong in Europe.
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