There was this logo on a red bus, saying our money should remain in the UK — that’s why I voted for Remain

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

This is a priceless story:

The day after the Brexit referendum in 2016, I went to Romford. I was keen to talk to people in one of the highest Leave-voting constituencies.

In a pub on South Street, I chatted to an elderly lady who was sitting at a table next to her two sons. Both had voted for Leave. She had voted Remain. Why? I asked her.

“There was this logo on a red bus, saying our money should remain in the UK. That’s why I voted for Remain,” she said.

Also, I didn’t know that anyone really cared about the Speaker saying “Order”, but here are 5 foreign correspondents and 3 of them make a joke about it, or note its fame. Yet I’ve been reading The Guardian for years and I don’t recall any British journalist ever making a comment about this. Maybe this is a fish-don’t-know-they-are-in-water kind of thing? Only the foreigners really notice it?

The country has been on a steep learning curve ever since, especially about the European Union. And I myself about this country. I started this job in 2013, arriving from Brussels after four years spent covering EU affairs. I did not expect my move from the heart of Europe across the Channel to be such a massive leap. Maybe my first reporting assignment should have been a warning: it was David Cameron’s Bloomberg speech.

It is a privilege and a challenge to be the UK correspondent for a German newspaper. Our readers back home are incredibly knowledgeable about this place. They speak the language, read British news online, travel to every corner of these islands. They watch BBC shows, attend British universities. By now they all know Mister “Order! Ordeeeer!” John Bercow, too.

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