The Guardian’s view of Brexit:
All of these are iterations of a deeper truth: that we shall never cease to be Europeans and will never cease to engage with Europe.
In his novel The Stone Raft, the Portuguese writer José Saramago imagines the Iberian peninsula breaking physically away from Europe at the Pyrenees and drifting across the world’s oceans in a fruitless search for a new home. Today, Britain can feel a bit like a metaphorical stone raft too. Except that the real Britain will remain anchored in perpetuity across the Channel from the European continent, its peoples, economies and cultures, of which we shall always be part – and to which we hope one day, in some way, to return.
The gross error here is to assume that it’s necessary to be in political union with a place – country, group of them, whatever – in order to cooperate, trade, deal with, get on with them.
Therefore this bleating about leaving Europe is just wrong. We’ve left one, specific – and terrible – political structure, that’s all.