Irony of history: How Channel Tunnel breakthrough miner Graham Fagg became a Brexiteer | Euronews

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the May 6, 1994 opening of the Channel Tunnel, retired mining worker Graham Fagg shared his memories of the moment he broke through to meet a French colleague tunnelling from the other side.

By a twist of fate, Fagg voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum yet he sees no contradiction with his act of unification.

“I worked on the Channel Tunnel and done the breakthrough, but I actually voted for Brexit. But I don’t see that it’s incompatible,” the 70-year-old told AFP news agency.

The retiree made history on December 1, 1990, when he and his French counterpart Philippe Cozette, made the junction between their respective parts of the tunnel some 100 metres below sea level.

Less than four years later, on May 6, 1994, Queen Elizabeth II and French president Francois Mitterrand cut the ribbon on the new rail link.

Since then the railway line connecting the south-east of the United Kingdom to the north of France has been used by almost 430 million passengers and 86 million vehicles.

For many Britons, the tunnel has come to symbolise the country’s integration with the continent as a member of the European Union.

‘Brexit won’t drive us apart’

Fagg said he supported joining the European Economic Community — the forerunner to the EU — in a 1975 referendum but had not envisaged it would become a political union.

“We voted for a trade deal,” he explained. “I can’t remember anybody ever saying to me, ‘we’re going to turn it into a federal Europe. We’re going to set all the rules and you’ve got to obey them’.”

A lifelong resident of the southeast English port town Dover, where 62% of people backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, Fagg insisted he wants close future ties with Europe.


Source: Irony of history: How Channel Tunnel breakthrough miner Graham Fagg became a Brexiteer | Euronews

One thought on “Irony of history: How Channel Tunnel breakthrough miner Graham Fagg became a Brexiteer | Euronews

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Graham Fagg for in 1975 I also did not vote for a political union, only for a Trade Policy and effectively we were all misled in 1975, so why did we not get another People’s Vote.

    We did not because in later years Tony Blair did not allow us to have one.

    When I saw what was occurring and David Cameron allowed the 2016 Referendum I voted to leave because I do not want a political union, only a trade union.

    Unfortunate;y Remainers have highjack the result and are endeavouring to change that result.

    This they should not be allowed to do.

    The result stood in 1975, even though we were lied to or not told the full truth, so again the 2016 result should be allowed were again we were not told the full truth by both sides.

    Should there be a Third Referendum, which I do not want, it should be for a Deal or No Deal, there should be no reference or option to remain, because that has already been decided.

    To include Remain, should there be another Referendum, it will mean that a People’s Vote is not being respected and therefore why should anyine ever vote again, not only in Referendums, but any form of Political voting.

    It would be the end of Democracy and we may as well leave it all to the politicians for Democracy will be Dead.

    It will be seen that the people do not count and are despised by politicans, in much of the same way the public despise politicans.


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