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Excerpts from Brexit XXL

Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover

We’ve managed to engineer a situation where Germany and France are allied against the UK. (John Klin, “Brexit XXL”)

“British policy has always been to intervene on the continent to keep the European balance. We’ve often been with the Germans against the French, or with the French against the Germans, because one or other of the two was becoming too powerful. Brexit takes away the possibility of intervening in European matters. Even worse, we’ve managed to engineer a situation where Germany and France are allied against the UK. The principles of diplomacy in the past still hold for the modern economic system: we need balance of trade on a European scale. The imbalance in the system has been to our detriment.”

(John Klin, conversation with the Prime Minister at Chequers)

Quote from the novel “Brexit XXL”, chapter 11, “Chequers”

Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover
Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover. Click picture to view book on Amazon UK.

Had she become involved in politics and taken on the position of Prime Minister, only for this to happen?

Had she become involved in politics and taken on the position of Prime Minister, only for this to happen? She had campaigned about improving the lot of ordinary people. She had promised to make Brexit a success for Great-Britain. Now, it was the ordinary people who were suffering, the employees who had lost their jobs, small scale investors who were seeing their savings evaporate. How many would end up on the streets, like those poor homeless men?

Quote from the novel “Brexit XXL”, chapter 10, “Tracy Meller discovers the collapse of Construct”

Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover
Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover. Click picture to view book on Amazon UK.
Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover

Europe’s great mistake has been to believe that a nation can give up sovereignty. That is not possible.

Europe’s great mistake has been to believe that a nation can give up sovereignty. That is not possible. If a nation exists, it is because the individuals who comprise it recognise it as the relevant frame of reference for their collective representation.

The citizen’s requirement is that his situation be better with the nation than without it. If that contract does not exist, if doubt creeps in, the nation falls apart. Where, in particular, a segment of the population identifies first and foremost with a new frame of reference – their area or region, for example – the nation runs the risk of schism. That is why a nation must be strong to ensure its cohesion. In this balancing act, surrender of sovereignty to a supranational entity can never be a winning bet. If the supranational entity is not credible, citizens will not accept it being given powers. And if on the contrary it is more credible than the nation, it means that the nation cannot remain the frame of reference for its citizens. This is an existential question for nations. Governments that negotiate treaties containing delegation of decision-making run the almost certain risk of not being followed by the people they represent.

If nations are not prepared to abandon their sovereignty, that is not to say that they cannot make compromises. They can accept limits on their freedom, in the context of negotiations with their partners, if these limits are contractual, justified and reversible. Europe, to be successful, must be based on these foundations. A technocratic delegation of power is possible, on the dual condition of remaining under the political control of the delegating nations and demonstrating its benefits.

John Klin, January 8th, 2022, London.

Quote from the novel “Brexit XXL”, chapter 5, “Sovereignty”

Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover
Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk and Brexit XXL front cover. Click picture to view book on Amazon UK.
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament On River Thames, Dusk

“This is not the Britain of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”

“The time when decisions were taken in London is over. Britain represents less than one percent of the world’s population. It is only through solid links to the European Union, with countries who are both partners and friends, that our nation can continue to exist, develop, and retain a global influence commensurate with our historic ambitions.”

Jeremy Jones, Leader of the Labour Party.

Quote from the novel “Brexit XXL”, chapter 2, “Debate in the British House of Commons”

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