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Reflecting on our iconic White Cliffs of Dover as Britain bids farewell to EUOn a clear day the residents of Calais can see the White Cliffs of Dover glinting in the sunshine across the sea. The Strait of Dover is just 21 miles across and an easy hop for the birds, blue or otherwise, who soar above the coastline. But yesterday a heavy mist shrouded the 350ft-high cliffs which have become the most iconic symbol of our island nation. And as the PO ferry set sail for France it was soon enveloped in a dense grey fog and pitching on the waves in high winds. The captain of the Pride of Burgundy clearly knew where h

e was heading, but I, and the other queasy British passenger

s aboard, hadn’t got a clue about the direction or our latest stormy European journey. And so on Brexit Day, the middle of the English Channel proved the perfect place to reflect on our relationship with the EU and the future, post-divorce. “Do you thin

k they’ll let us back in next week?,” joked Barbara Thomas, 62, of Chelmsford, Essex, as she boarded, en route to see friends in Pas-de-Calais. Mirrors Rachael Bletchly arrives at the PO Ferry Port in Calais, France, on Brexit Day (Image: Steve Bell) Read MoreRelated ArticlesBrexit: EU removes British Union flag from Parliament building in Brussels Read MoreRelated ArticlesBrexit: Brits in Germany reflect on the future of travelling to Europe “I voted remain, but I’m glad all the wrangling and division is ove

r – for now – and we can finally try to move on. “Nothing’s going to change for travellers or tourists for at least a year, though. So I don’t feel any different and don’t expect to be treated any differently in France. “We haven’t pulled up the drawbridge and become Fortress Britain... We’re renegotiating our place in Europe as an independent nation.” But some things are starting to change in readiness for our new life outside Europe. Like the ferry taking me to Cal微信群二维码赛车. ais. Last year PO r

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all its UK cross-channel vessels to Limassol, to maintain favourable EU tax arrangements. So now the German-built vessel flies under the yellow and green flag of Cyprus, rather than the Union Jack. A pro-EU message is projected onto the cliff face at Ramsgate (Image: REUTERS) The Winston Churchill statue and Union flags in Parliament Square, London, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union at 11pm (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesJubilant Brexit backers descend on Parliament for most exciting moment of their life Holidaymakers are also planning their last big booze cruises to stock up on cheap wine and beer in the Calais superstores. When a no-deal Brexit was still on the c

ards last year there was panic-buying in some of the out

lets, and many regulars still don’t seem convinced by assurances there will be no change in the rules during the transition period which lasts until December 31 at least. “I’ve los

t all trust in politicians,” said Colin, 47, from Reading, Berks, as he headed to the Calais Wine Superstore. “Look at the cock-up they’ve made of Brexit. So they may say ‘nothing will change for a year’ but I’m stocking up while I can. I’m not driving, though, so I might have a toast to our EU divorce before we head back. It’s the dawn of a new era, and I’m looking forward to having a blue passport and a GB stic

ker on my car again when we’re properly out.” Bad weather and ferry delays cut short my stay and I had to head back to Blighty – on the Pride

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out at the English Channel, I – a staunch Remainer – suddenly felt it had always been inevitable Britain would one day break free from Brussels. Margaret Thatcher displaying her more pro-European side at a rally in Parliament Square in 1975 (Image: Mirrorpix) Read MoreTop news stories from Mirror OnlineBrits stuck in China due to coronavirus14C mid-winter heatwaveTwin babies die leaving mum distraught Man who killed ex wife executed Because we never really became fully European, did we? Forty-seven years ago we joined the Common Market with no great enthusiasm, thinking we had to keep up with the French and German Joneses. Two years later, we voted to stay in, but still shuddered a bit at that ghastly Ode to Joy, the star-spangled flag and Margaret Thatcher’s hideous pro-Europe jumper. We didn’t want the euro. We didn’t want to be part of that United States of Europe, even though war time hero Winston Churchill thought that was the only way to ensure peace. But we did want all the benefits of trade and freedom of movement across the Channel and throughout Europe. So while many mourn the end of our first half century of European Union, others see only blue skies ahead from the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. And if today dawns bright and clear we w

ill all be able to look forward to a new European relationship of love, laughter and peace ever after. Just you wait and see.