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Britain is on the brink, and it's an exciting place to be Australian

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After nearly a month's holiday in Britain-on-the-verge, I can joyfully report there's never been a more exciting time to be an Australian in the mother country. Here's why.

Passport control

From the point of entry into the UK, we pleasurably anticipate our restored status after Brexit. In recent years, bleary eyed Aussies arriving at Heathrow were forced into long queues for processing by real-life border officials, while EU passport-holders – even the French! – breezed through the e-passport gates.


The UK government made partial amends in December, granting Australians with electronically enabled passports the right to also use the gates. With Boris "deal or no deal" Johnson now firmly in the pilot's seat, surely we can look to a future where us loyal subjects of the Queen glide through the gates while the brioche brigade suffer interminable queues for "EU scum".

Passport control (afterthought)

And it'll still be OK if Jeremy Corbyn is elected PM down the track. The scenario is admittedly remote considering Labour's hammering in recent European elections, its dithering on Brexit and the party's deepening anti-Semitism crisis, but in this era of political disruption anything's possible. In which case, en-route to London I'll just rip from my passport pages with entry stamps from Tel Aviv.

Boris Johnson has called on the EU to "rethink" its refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal.Credit:House of Commons

Hospitality workers

On our trip we slept in........

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