More fundamentally, over centuries this country has made her living (and endured much of her dying) around the world. It is extraordinary that in the age of the internet she should believe that she must do the economic and political equivalent of marrying her next door neighbour. If ever there was a time when matters of language, culture, shared history, law and fellow feeling should trump geography surely this is it.
There was indeed a logic that we should trade with the people next door to us preferentially. A logic rather destroyed by the invention of the shipping container.
The first sailing of which was 6 months before the Treaty of Rome…….