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editorial: The good thing about Brexit

Time and again, smart people have compared Brexit to a divorce. It is now through, the proceedings are over. The modalities were argued, discussed and negotiated endlessly until the last second. That has not done the relationship between the European Union and Great Britain any good. Breakups are generally not a nice thing. An EU diplomat gets right to the point when he describes the mood between the EU and the British as "not very joyful". After all, London even wanted to use the Royal Navy against EU fishing trawlers.

The fact that a different perspective is possible is shown by none other than the front man of the legendary British comedian troupe Monty Python, John Cleese: As early as 2008, the avowed Brexit supporter said the divorce from his wife would be "very, very expensive", but " worth every penny ". Perhaps that also applies to Brexit: Economists never tire of emphasizing that the split for the British - unlike the divorce for the ex-wife of John Cleese - is economically a shot in the knee. For the EU too, the whole thing only brings disadvantages economically. However, and that should be said at the end of the year, it also has its good points: the best thing about Brexit is that the arduous process is over. Off, over, endured. Even if the British and Europeans will continue to depend on each other simply because of the geographical situation.

After all, the EU is now in a position to look ahead again and tackle the upcoming projects. And both sides can be happy. In London they are happy to have escaped the tutelage of Brussels. People in Brussels are relieved to finally have an annoying brake block off their legs. The British no longer stand in the way of developing an autonomous European defense. Because until now, according to London, the axis to Washington could not be put into perspective under any circumstances. Even the gigantic corona aid package decided by the EU would probably not have been possible with the British on board.

The relationship between Brussels and London is now on a new footing: who knows, maybe it will be possible to build a new partnership. And the last word has not yet been spoken. Because for centuries it has been the British custom to alienate the continent and then to approach it again later.