One of the think I have failed to understand during my 4 years in UK is why brits seems to be so close to the US and not to the country that are around the corner...
EDIT actually in my last sentence, read english rather than brits
Maybe they get a little distanced when people from those countries round the corner are constantly denegrating the place with sweeping generalisations about its bad food, bad riding, bad politics ( see a pattern developing ?), beliefs that conform to stereotyping of the worst possible kind.
FWIW, I am English and very pro EU.