This is not a pipe: the surrealist Brexit summit

February 19th, 2016  
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As Europe's leaders bargained through the night on a deal to help Prime Minister David Cameron keep Britain in the EU, a "war room" of lawyers wrangled over how to reconcile diametrically opposite meanings of the same three words - "ever closer union". It reminded one official of Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte's painting of a pipe, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is Not a Pipe), when is a thing real and when merely an image? Does the treaty vow commit governments to build a United States of Europe, as the Union's federalist host Belgium hopes and euroskeptic Britons fear?


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