Brexit and Good Neighbours

We affirm the fundamental importance of being a good neighbour.

However, in the fraught times occasioned by Brexit, this has often been marginalised in preference of procuring Britain’s own prosperity.

Therefore, the opportunity should be taken to show that while Britain is not part of the EU–rightly or wrongly–it can be a good neighbour. To this end why not return Berwick-on-Tweed to Scotland, Gibraltar to Spain and the Elgin Marbles to Greece? To Germany a container load of art could be sent to Dresden in view of its wartime destruction.

Thesis Background
All these could be gestures of goodwill and the basis for a more positive and conciliatory approach during the negotiations to leave the EU. Berwick changed hands many times in the middle ages and was an English border fortress since 1482 but it is the only part of England north of the River Tweed, i.e. in Scotland. Gibraltar has been British since 1713 and was a crucial fortress at the gateway to the Mediterranean right up to the Second World War but that era has gone and it's attached to Spain. Lord Elgin legitimately bought his marbles from the Parthenon and saved them from Turkish neglect (the Ottomans ruled Greece then) but now Greece has a superb museum ready to house them. Let the sun of Athens shine on them. As to Dresden, whatever the rights and wrongs of the operation in February 1945 a beautiful town was cremated and at least 25000 died. --Ian studied history at Cambridge and has been involved in the work of L'Abri Fellowship and Christian Heritage.--

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  • I am more than a little sceptical that using towns and countries as political gifts is a good thing, and am not sure referenda on Berwick's membership of England, etc, would be much better, and I suspect the people of Gibraltar would campaign to leave Spain immediately. Art / the Marbles look more feasible, and might indeed be a lovely gesture.