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Oproep aan de Britten: Please don't leave us

De Britten gaan op 23 juni naar de stembus om voor of tegen een Brexit te stemmen. De Britse krant The Sun kwam gisteren met een voorpagina waarin ze opriepen om vóór een vertrek uit de EU te stemmen. Het AD roept vandaag in een open brief onze overzeese buren op Europa niet de rug toe te keren.

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An EU without the UK would be like tea without milk. Bitter

Hello Britain,

This is your neighbour calling. Please don't leave us. Of course, there will always be a Great Britain, anchored only 20 miles from the continent. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we feel at ease in your amazing country.

Since our King William III (of Orange) married your Queen Mary II (of England) we have been related anyway.

Nobody in Europe appreciates your culture more than we do. The Beatles, Bridget Jones, One Direction, EastEnders, Brideshead Rivisited, we love it all. Many of us know Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch by heart.

We admire your stiff upper lip. And every year we remember, with the greatest respect, all those who have fallen to liberate our country.

Now you are thinking of leaving us. Sailing out your floating country towards distant shores, so says your largest newspaper, The Sun. Talking as a Dutch uncle, we have to tell you this is not a good idea.

We not only love you, we need you. Who else supports us in keeping some common sense on this turbulent continent of ours? An EU without the UK would be like tea without milk. Bitter. So please, stay. Stay with us.

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