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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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You couldn't make this up... [Yes Minister (TV Series)]

..............Hacker:

Don't the Foreign Office realise what damage this will do to the European idea?

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Well, I'm sure they do: that's why they support it.

..............Hacker:

What? Surely the Foreign Office is pro-Europe, isn't it?

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Yes and no, if you'll forgive the expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really anti-Europe. The Civil Service was united in its desire to make sure that the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.

..............Hacker:

What are you talking about?

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?

..............Hacker:

That's all ancient history, surely.

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Yes, and current policy. We had to break the whole thing up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.

..............Hacker:

Surely we're all committed to the European ideal.

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Really, Minister. [laughs]

..............Hacker:

If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?

..............Sir-Humphrey:

Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact. The more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up. The more futile and impotent it becomes.

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