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Friday, June 24, 2016

The British and European Identity

Since today is Brexit-vote day, this is my story about the British sense of identity:

Once, when I flew into Gatwick from Boston, the passengers all got off and queued properly at the open immigration counters, which were all marked for "All Passports". The authorities opened two new counters and the announcement came over the speakers: "All Europeans, please move to special counters 9 and 10 on your right". Only a handful of people moved.

A couple of minutes later, the announcer came back on and said, "The British are European too". Huge laughs from everyone, followed by loads of people moving over to the new counters.

(via Daryl Sng)
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