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Even more annoyingly, some upstart former colony was allowed to dictate the EU terms of engagement...

Those Cypriots sure have been getting uppity (or perhaps you meant Malta?).

Meanwhile, things are not too rosy for some present crown dependencies:

For Guernsey, free movement loss is a double whammy

"I think the worst moment was going into the conservatoire the morning after," said Peter Bourne, 21, of the 2016 Brexit referendum, which took place when he was studying music in Bordeaux, France.

"I was faced with a load of French people who expected answers from me because I was `the English one,'" he said. "I had to explain to them that actually, it wasn't anything to do with me because of where I came from -- and that I was being dragged along."

If Bourne had indeed grown up in England, he would have been entitled to vote in the referendum. But he grew up in Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel just off the coast of France.

Guernsey, technically a crown dependency, is part of the British Isles -- its citizens hold British nationality, and many have southern English-sounding accents -- but it is not part of the U.K.

Guernsey residents can't vote in U.K. elections unless they have recently lived there, and the Brexit referendum was no exception. "I took part in the debate, but at the end of the day I didn't have the vote. I was locked out, along with everybody else in my situation," Bourne said.

by Bernard on Wed Feb 27th, 2019 at 07:59:06 PM EST

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