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Franco-British Union


In the light of momentous global events, France currently seems to be keen to cosy up with Putin’s Russia, but what if Les Rosbifs put aside hundreds of years of gentle antagonism and became close allies with our gallic chums? Turns out there is some precedence in this matter…

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  1. seamussweeney1@gmail.com'
    November 28, 2015 at 08:08

    I remember coming across the 1940 version of this idea while reading Johnathan Fenby’s biography of de Gaulle – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/7817632/The-General-Charles-de-Gaulle-and-the-France-He-Saved-by-Jonathan-Fenby-review.html – and being rather taken aback by this dramatic albeit not entirely unprecedented plan.

    After all, wasn’t the Norman Conquest a kind of Franco-British Union? And wasn’t Calais an English annexation for over two hundred years? European Continental borders are fairly obviously porous and adjust over time, but the same applies to this archipelago – for instances close links between Scotland and North east Ireland, closer than those between Antrim and, say, Cork, are nothing new: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A1l_Riata

  2. peter.burnet@hotmail.com'
    November 28, 2015 at 11:25

    It would never work. It’s impossible to imagine the degree of mutual affection, loyalty and sense of common purpose shared among the English, Scots, Welsh and Irish.

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