Extraordinary story today about the French Prime Minister suggesting a union between his country and the UK back in the 1950s (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,1990794,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12)
The crackpot idea would have involved the Queen becoming the French "ed of stet". Can't see people taking too kindly to the notion on either side of the great divide known as the English Channel.
We would never have tolerated our great supermarkets like Asda and Lidl being turned into some kind of exotic farmers' markets. Mais non, monsieur! There would have been a revolution in the UK before we allowed le 'merger' to take place. Our politicians would have had their heads chopped off in Trafalgar Square. Or Waterloo Station. Or somewhere.