Posted: 26/06/2016 at 20:11
I didn't say we know more, just that we have a wider view because of where we are.
I see the same thing with local Belgians who don't really look beyond their town, region, country because they only look that far. Many are as disaffected with their politicians as the British clearly are.
Lots of strife here with the Flemish wanting independence from what they see as the lazy Walloons. The Flemish have developed from being a largely peasant farmer economy to well educated, hi-tech light industry and innovation whilst the Walloons have inherently created their wealth with old style heavy industry - coal and steel - which have now gone, like in Wales, Yorkshire, the North east. There is a strong tradition of unionism and Socialism and little appetite for innovation in old industrial Walloon communities so high unemployment and the Flemish don't see why they should underwrite Walloon pensions and benefits.
Similar problems with north and south Italy and also between the more liberal northern economies and the poorer southern economies across the EU even before you look at the strides that need to be made to bring the old communist block members up to economic speed.
When the dust settles and negotiations start reality will hit and I just worry very much that it will be harder for everyone with the UK going alone than it would be working together for economic and social security and standing up to the US trading block. it would have been so much more productive for the Brits to have brought together the Scandinavians, Dutch, Poles and Baltic states to put a brake on the German and French drive for ever closer unity and integration at a speed which is way too fast for the peoples affected.