Frank Turner

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Interview

Frank Turner

“I’m a singer, a songwriter and a performer from southern England. I travel and write songs for a living.”

Frank, what is your personal view of Europe?

I consider myself a European, broadly speaking, though I wouldn’t say that’s an identity that I hold particularly dear, it just seems like a mundane fact to me. Europe itself is a fascinating place, historically, culturally, geographically, all the rest. There’s some problematic history for sure, but again, it’s not something I see as necessarily personal, either to me or to anyone else alive today

In your opinion, what does Europe mean for your home country, the UK?

The UK has an ambiguous relationship with Europe. We are geographically distinct, which means that our history has developed in ways that are, within the broader scope of “Europe” as a concept, idiosyncratic. There’s a lot of baggage there, legal, religious and all the rest. For today, some people see Europe as a key part of their identity, in a way which, to me, seems like people trying to erase “Britain” or “England” from their make-up, which is interesting. For other people, Europe (manifested as the EU) has become a bogeyman, something that can be blamed for whatever problems they have. We are a very divided country on that issue right now (though personally I actually kind of fall right down the middle – or at least can see both sides of it).

I consider myself a European, broadly speaking, though I wouldn’t say that’s an identity that I hold particularly dear, it just seems like a mundane fact to me.

Frank