7 days ago
"There are no roaming charges here, you are in the European Union - for now, " a friend said, greeting me when I landed in London. I had no intention of hurting the anti-Brexit young man, but the truth is that in my head Europe and Britain have been two separate things for a while now. We exchanged jokes about Brexit and for the most part, they were game.
But even such trivial issues as roaming charges and whether to queue up in the EU line for passport control have recently become pressing ones. Then my friends told me they want to sell their house, but the economic uncertainty because of Brexit prevents them from doing so.
It is not very encouraging that the world's fifth strongest economy and the European Union's third most populous country is led by a government which doesn't stand a chance to leave the EU with minimal damages. Two weeks before the deadline the entire continent had to realize they have no idea what to do now.
But before we put all the blame on them, we should remember that the EU only has its share of it. While it is clear that two months before a crucial European election Britain's departure would deal a severe blow to the Union, its leaders are quite content just watching British politicians make a mess of it and say "this is none of our fault".
Brussels, in fact, doesn't care about the prolonged voting sessions in Britain, nor is it concerned whether my friends will ever be able to sell their house.