Hi Michael, good to see you, and Nick, engaging in civilised debate in this star chamber.
I can see both sides of the argument when it comes to the UK-EU relationship. But, as I've said before, as far as I was concerned, it had to be all-in or all-out.
The EU could not continue to allow the UK to keep its preferential half-in-half-out privileged status for too much longer and would have been driven to bring the UK more and more into line with its increasingly ever-closer-and-closer political and fiscal union.
The EU was becoming a black hole and if it reached critical mass could suck in every nation from Ireland to Israel, East to West, and Finland to Morroco, North to South.
Brexit and other 'populist' movements have put the brakes on the Euros' all-encompassing lust to expand, for now, but probably not for long.
Like the Roman Empire it will be led on by its brightest star - the unifying principle - until it can go no further externally, or falls apart internally.
By the way, the 15 stars on the EU flag are meant to represent the principles on which the EU is based, and they are not meant to represent any of the member states.
A fully-paid-up cadre/commissioner of the EU should know what those 15 principles are. I'm not sure which one is being chipped away at in Banksy's pic, but to me they've all been tarnished since the EU's post-crash treatment of Greece, which that country's elite richly deserved but which ended up being visited on the ordinary people.
(And, the same goes for the Irish Republic, but they took their EU medicine quietly at home, mainly. Notice, however, how many poor and suffering Euros, and others from further afield, beat a path to the the UK for a remedy to their EU, and other, ills.)
Anyway, we're not out of the Black Forest, yet, and are in danger of losing our way and being trapped into remaining for the foreseeable future.
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)