I feel I need to tell what Brexit means for a non-Britt, particularly for a Scandinavian.
Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden in the 60s, many programs Swedish television had were from UK. All programs where shown in original language, no dubbing there. So naturally we all learned English both from music, Kinks, Beatles, Rolling stones, …. and from films. We enjoyed the British humor, endless repertoar of great positive fun programs, we even bought your crappy cars!
I still think British biggest asset is your humor.
I remember a British advertising/turism/whatnot (Charm?) campaign during one summer in Stockholm in the late 60s.
In City center close to the Castle tents were set up with UK information and even a pub with lukewarm beer that we ‘tested’ every day for weeks. A total success.
You cannot possibly get more goodwill than that, and it has continued for the decades.
Not having followed to domestic UK debate, it was a total surprise to me to find the endless hate propaganda against Europeans/EU , some of it is listed here: https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euromyths-a-z-index/ .
Farages behavior in EU parlament? Are you kidding me? And it seemed like nobody in UK protested, unbelievable. No wonder EU leaders have a tough time with UK.
And then Brexit happens. What??? You don’t want to be close friends with us?
After all the goodwill generations of Brits has built, resulting in such a positive image we had. We thought you were our friends. If you walk in City of London you hear Swedish, Finnish,… spoken everywhere, European tourists creating income for travel bureaus, hotels, restaurants, shopping, enjoying themselves.
UK’s Goodwill-Image? I am not so sure anymore, some right wing-nuts in Europe might find it OK, but I guess the silent majority does not.