Great Britain has not been part of the EU since January 1st. The British in the county do not believe in a glorious future as promised by Prime Minister Johnson. On the contrary.
Bad Toelz-Wolfratshausen – Vanessa Magson (54) from Icking has been through a lot in her home country in recent years. She was desperate when her compatriots decided to leave the EU in June 2016. She hoped in vain for a second referendum. She took on German citizenship and wrote a Brexit review (we reported). And on December 31st? It was all over. “Brexit is done,” she wrote to friends.
The date as such was not particularly important to her. During the day she went for a walk with Martin Waller, the presenter of the revue. “We found it fitting to spend the day together,” she says. Inwardly, she had long since said goodbye. “The decisive step for me was the step to become German.” That was in 2017, after a naturalization test, the comedy of which she portrayed in the review.
Ireland and Scotland hold “explosives”
The 54-year-old does not believe in the golden future that Prime Minister Boris Johnson (“Global Britain”) is promising his country. The unresolved situations in Scotland and Ireland contain “some explosive”. And whether the UK will succeed in signing promising trade pacts remains to be seen. But the EU also has a task, namely to fundamentally modernize itself. “Not everything was convincing in the Corona crisis,” says Magson.
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Above all, the Ickingerin believes that young people are turning their backs on Great Britain. Her three nephews, all in their mid / late 20s, will also seek their salvation elsewhere. She finds it “particularly bitter and significant” that her homeland has dropped out of the Erasmus program, which enables students to stay abroad. She would love to see her home – Magson comes from near Birmingham – again. But living there has now become unthinkable for them. “Nostalgia doesn’t help either.” Old England no longer exists.
The review has by no means been done for them, despite the successful Brexit. “We are developing the program further and keeping it up to date,” she says. As soon as the virus allows it again, there will be new performances – so far there have been eight. “And Boris definitely provides us with enough material.”
Johnson’s father wants to be French
David Warham (76) from Jachenau also considers Brexit to be a mistake. He comes from Scotland, more precisely from Prestwick south of Glasgow, “where there are only three golf courses and one airport,” as he jokingly says. Warham later became financial director of Wrigleys in Europe, came to Munich and moved to Jachenau. He did not become German, and he does not want to become one after Brexit either. “I don’t need that,” he says. Therefore, he currently has to deal with forms from the district office. Since January 1st he is no longer an EU citizen.
Warham predicts Great Britain will have a tough first half or year in particular. “We are a nation that imports a lot more than it exports,” he says. It will be noticeable that there are now border controls again. The traffic jams in front of the border that went through the news were only a foretaste. “I can imagine that it will get worse.” Warham thinks nothing of the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “He lies all the time,” he says. The fact that even Johnson’s father is now striving for French citizenship “says it all”. He cannot take seriously the dream of a new, internationally networked, flourishing Great Britain. “The Chinese and the Russians are laughing at each other.”
Warham also has bad news for its fellow countrymen in Scotland. Many of them dream of gaining independence from Great Britain and rejoining the EU. But that won’t work, the Jachenauer fears. “All member states would have to agree,” he says. And from his point of view Spain will definitely not do that. In Madrid one will try to avoid a precedent: “They have the same problem with Catalonia.”