Wednesday, July 20, 2016

England's difficulty is Belgium's opportunity

Irish Times --

Britain is to relinquish its six-month presidency of the European Union which had been scheduled to begin in July next year following its decision to leave the European Union, with Belgium most likely to assume the role.

102 years after Britain went to war over little Belgium's neutrality, Belgium now comes in to pick up some of the pieces of the Brexit disaster.

Above: a cartoon from 1914 depicting Britain and its future enhanced trade partners ready to go to war over what Kaiser Bill had ridiculed as a scrap of paper.

UPDATE: Apparently it's even smaller Estonia that will replace Britain, although it seems there's some lack of enthusiasm about that option.

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