Saturday, 7 September 2019

Brexit and World War II

The UK's national identity is intimately bound up with its victory in World War II.  This is largely because that was the last time that we won anything important, even though the victory also belonged to the rest of what was then the British Empire, the USA, the Soviet Union and the Free French forces.

References to World War II have accordingly become a cliché of the Brexit debate.  This post rounds up some of the occasions on which the cliché has been deployed by supporters of the Leave side.

The EU is like Nazi Germany
Brexit is like Dunkirk
The EU should be grateful to us because we liberated Europe.
We can cope with Brexit because we won the War