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).