Work to connect the UK the rest of the European continent is not incompatible with aBrexit. This is what Graham Fagg, a British 70-aged man, who worked on the Channel Tunnel construction site thinks, has pierced the very last pieces of rock to connect his country to the rest of the world.Europe. Some 25 years after the inauguration of the tunnel, he is today a supporter of Brexit. "I worked on the Channel Tunnel and made the breakthrough, but in fact I voted for the Brexit "Says to theFrance Media Agency this septuagenarian.
The retiree entered the 1er December 1990 history with his French counterpart Philippe Cozette, the second face of the junction made at some 100 meters deep below sea level. Less than four years later, the 6 may 1994 , the Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand inaugurated the tunnel. Since then, the railway line connecting the south-east of the United Kingdom to the north of France has been borrowed by nearly 430 million passengers and 86 million vehicles. For some Britons, he has become a symbol of their country's special relationship with Europe.
But if Graham Fagg supported joining the European Economic Community - which preceded the European Union - in the 1975 referendum, he had not imagined that this could lead to a political union. "We voted for a trade agreement," he says. "Nobody ever told me," We are going to make it a federal Europe. We will set all the rules and you will have to respect them. "Graham Fagg, three times father and four times grandfather, lives in the port city of Dover, in the south-east of the UK, where 62% of voters voted for the Brexit in the June 2016 referendum. Despite his euroscepticism, he wants to maintain close ties with Europe.
He has established a friendship with Philippe Cozette, whom he has seen on several occasions. The latter wants to be confident for the post-Brexit. "The links between the French coast and the English coast have always existed, I do not think it will drive away the English and the French," he told Agence France-Presse, from the top of the cliffs of Cape Blanc -Nez, who face England. At the junction of the tunnel, Graham Fagg says he feared to hurt Philippe Cozette by drilling the rock.
Once the hole was large enough, the two men had thrown their jackhammers and shook hands under the cheers and applause. "Graham Fagg in French says to me:" Hello, my friend ". I said to him in English: "Welcome to France" since we were on the French side, "recalls the Frenchman of 66 years, evoking his" pride "and his" joy "mixed with" a little bit of sadness because the work that we had done for several years was stopping.