LONDON — BREAKING up is never easy. But how do you break up with a country?
That’s the question that I — along with many fellow Britons — am asking now that the country has voted to leave the European Union.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve grudgingly accepted that 52 percent of my fellow citizens wanted to leave the European Union, a 70-year-old project that has united much of Europe into a somewhat unwieldy economic and social colossus, allowing roughly 500 million people to travel and work unhindered from Ireland to Greece.
But for me, those benefits — particularly as a reporter who has lived and worked across the Continent — are worth holding on to. And that’s why, with a heavy heart, I’m applying to become an Irish citizen, saying goodbye to Britain just as it wants to say goodbye to Europe.
Absolutely super I say. Isn’t this competing nation states thing lovely? Those who want one lifestyle can go somewhere and have that. Spiffing I call that. The only thing that would be non-spiffing is insisting that everywhere must be as you like it, denying other exactly that same choice.