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Everything that’s totally wrong with that New York Times Brexit tour – ANITH
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Everything that’s totally wrong with that New York Times Brexit tour

Everything that’s totally wrong with that New York Times Brexit tour


Americans have developed a real obsession with Brexit, at least since they started seeing Nigel Farage popping up everywhere

Interest is so high that the New York Times (!) is now ‘offering’ an elite “Brexit means Brexit!” (sic) tour at the modest, totally affordable cost of $5,995 (with a deposit of $500). 

The six-day, five-night London tour is part of its “Times Journeys” travel service and it ‘offers’ guests the opportunity “to discuss Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the financial, legal and social implications for Britain, Europe and the world,” accompanied by the Times’ London bureau chief Steve Erlanger.

Guests will be treated to cultural highlights of London including afternoon tea — complete with scones and clotted cream — and “a typical pub lunch and a pint at a local pub frequented by members of Parliament.”

They will also take a walking tour of Westminster with a graduate from LSE, attend a talk on British foreign affairs and discuss “the U.K.’s trade, political and defense policies with Europe and the rest of the world.” 

The last day is dedicated to a discussion of the legal implications of Brexit in the Magna Carta room at the British Library.

It’s certainly a culturally and intellectually exhaustive tour, but here are 9 things about it that must be considered: 

1.The tour doesn’t leave London

City of Boston in England, view from the River Witham

City of Boston in England, view from the River Witham

Image: Shutterstock / Artur Bogacki

2. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Queen Elisabeth II Bridge over the River Thames, West Thurrock.

Queen Elisabeth II Bridge over the River Thames, West Thurrock.

Image: Shutterstock / Rui Saraiva

3. The tour doesn’t leave London 

View of the seaside in Clacton-on-Sea.

View of the seaside in Clacton-on-Sea.

Image: Shutterstock / STANZI

4. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Broadstairs in Kent.

Broadstairs in Kent.

Image: Shutterstock / Adam Keeble

5. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Lincoln, England.

Lincoln, England.

Image: Shutterstock / Angelina Dimitrova

6. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Dover, Kent.

Dover, Kent.

Image: Shutterstock / Vaflya

7. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Great Yarmouth quay.

Great Yarmouth quay.

Image: Shutterstock / dietrich herlan erich

8. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Fishing harbour at sunset in Weymouth, Dorset.

Fishing harbour at sunset in Weymouth, Dorset.

Image: Shutterstock / Pozdeyev Vitaly

9. The tour doesn’t leave London 

Cornwall, UK.

Cornwall, UK.

Image: Shutterstock / Simon Annable

London is not the centre of the universe. Also, most of its boroughs voted in favour of remaining in the EU. 

Conversely, all the places listed above voted Leave. Perhaps they’re worth considering for a Brexit tour?

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