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In further depressing news for the English speaking Remainers in The Netherlands, it has been reported that the advisory council on international affairs, the AIV has said that The Netherlands should approach Spain and France to form an alliance in the European Union to replace Great Britain as an ally after Brexit. The Dutch Parliament asked the AIV to look into which diplomatic strategy the Netherlands should follow now that Great Britain is leaving the European Union so they do not become isolated.

Having been a strong ally of the UK for many years in the EU, they decided at first on a strategy, to look for support from the smaller northern European countries, who like the Netherlands, would support free trade and give the economy high priority, like the UK  did years ago. But Sweden, Estonia and Ireland will not help the Netherlands to a majority in voting in the EU, according to the AIV. So this will require the support of one or more of the larger European countries, the council said.

It now seems clear that The Netherlands will have to look at collaborating with countries like France and Spain, according to the AIV. To achieve this, the Netherlands will have to no longer oppose higher contributions to the EU budget and should seek better connections with those two countries on other subjects. So the mess in the UK is causing a mess for one of their closest European allies. The Netherlands will have to undo years of policy making to cover for the loss of UK support. Brexit is affecting so many people in so many negative ways. For me personally it is one of the most shaming things the UK has ever decided and it has to be remembered that less than 37% of those eligible to vote in the UK wanted to leave the EU in a campaign that was mired by lies and cheating by the Brexit enthusiasts.

Image credit: “Banksy does Brexit (detail) #banksy #bre” (CC BY 2.0) by dullhunk

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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