Common Market: Crossing the Channel


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For nine centuries, since William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, the English Channel has stood as the "moat defensive'' between Britain and her foes, between the "blessed plot" and the "envy of less happier lands." Today, Paris-London jets pass over the Channel tides in three minutes; nuclear missiles would blast across in as many seconds. The balance of envy has changed. Increasingly prosperous Britons, who swarm across to the Continent by the thousands each summer, return with European notions of comfort, elegance and efficiency that have breached England's insularity more surely than any...

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