Its no stun the divorce may get messy – its the end of a 60 -year love-hate relationship and the UKs commitment was always ambivalent
It had been on the rocks for years. But on a memorably stormy night last June, Britain decided its decades-long marriage with the EU has at last and irretrievably broken down. Today, it files for divorce.
As is usually the method, the nine intervening months have checked a lot of posturing. Britain has threatened to walk away if it does not get what it craves which looks like most of the benefits of wedlock without any of the obligations.
The EU has informed, repeatedly, that whatever agreement the two parties do contact on divided among the dimension, sorting out the money, concurring access to the children the future relationship must be worse for the UK than marriage.
It could all get fairly chaotic. But the course of true love between Britain and the EU has rarely moved smoothly. What plays out over the coming months will, after all, be the end of a lovehate relationship that has lasted 60 times.
When the six founding members of the European economic community( France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) signed the treaty of Rome in 1957 and first asked for Britains hand, it said thanks, but no thanks.