EJanuary 1, 2021 is both at the same time, the last chapter of the UK’s forty-seven years of membership in the EEC first and the European Union later, and the first of its new solo adventure after breaking its ties in search for a sovereignty that does not exist in a globalized world, and for a control of their own laws and borders (the slogan of the Brexi) that deep down it is a chimera; It seems that since today the South Foreland Strait, in the county of Kent, has grown larger, and also that the distance that separates it from the mainland, Cape Griz Nez, has grown beyond thirty-three kilometers away real, as if he had suddenly returned to feel the British insularity that saved him from the Nazi invasion or that led to the golden isolation of the Victorian era.
Sure they will still be accessible to the British, but the snails and the pata negra ham, the voices of Julio Iglesias and Mireille Mathieu, the literature of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and Milan Kundera have become totally foreign, let alone the Café Flore on Boulevard Saint-Germain, that is in another world. Today, January 1, 2021, it seems that the European Union has lost its brightness and intensity, it seems like a waning moon with the departure of its founding partner along with France and Germany, but more cohesive in the future without its suspicious British partner.
Never before has Great Britain exercised such influence over the rest of Europe as in recent decades, having played a decisive role in the creation of the single market (Thatcher) and in the expansion of the club to Eastern Europe (Blair). But he never accepted that it was a federalist political project, he had a privileged and almost unique relationship with the rest of his community partners, he had his own currency, the pound; Among other peculiarities, but always as a discordant note, every once in a while it demanded from Brussels certain exemptions and dispensations based on its traditional political weight, its splendid past.
The once staunch enemy of Francoism, Great Britain, which the regime referred to as the perfidious Albion, has been a leading economic and political ally for some decades now. Thus, currently around 700 British companies invest in Spain. Vodafone, Barclays, EasyJet and BP are some of them. In the past decade, according to data from the British Council, the United Kingdom was our second largest foreign investor and Spain is one of the main investors in the United Kingdom, with nearly 400 registered companies: Telefónica (O2), Iberdrola (Scottish Power) , Ferrovial (BAA) and Banco de Santander (Abbey) are some of the most important
With the data referring to the year 2019, Spain was the seventh export market for the British, with a total of 14.55 million pounds sterling. The figure is greater than the sum of the exports made in the same period of time to India and China. Fortunately, if we look at Spanish exports to the island, the final balance appears positive, since it represented a total of 18.62 million pounds, higher than those made to all of Latin America. Thus, we mainly export fruit and vegetable products, three out of every 5 pieces are of Spanish origin, and cars; last year about 327,000 cars. Some 18 million British tourists visit us each year, especially to the Canary Islands and Costa del Sol, because we do not have the more than 300,000 British citizens settled in our country. If you have not reached an agreement to exit the Brexi, bilateral relations would be governed by the rules of the World Trade Organization, which would make each exported product more expensive with an average tariff close to 7% since the United Kingdom is a third country, compared to 0% of tariffs when it has been signed the agreement.
In the coming weeks it will be seen if normality or chaos prevails with the new borders. Europeans and British have agreed to turn a blind eye until the summer, except for shipments of alcohol and tobacco, so that there is a more or less soft landing. Five thousand vehicles with cargo worth 1,500 million euros cross the channel daily. The British premier has insisted that he wants to establish a special and privileged relationship with his neighbors in the European Union.
“If the sea takes away a piece of land, all of Europe is diminished, as if it were a promontory, a friend’s house or your own,” wrote the poet John Donne in 1624 with a Europeanist spirit that half of the British are not four centuries later.
The once staunch enemy of Francoism, Great Britain, has been a leading economic and political ally for decades
The British premier has insisted that he wants to establish a special and privileged relationship with his neighbors in the European Union