It may be lost on the infra dig sort of Conservative backbencher who lionises Margaret Thatcher and imagines her to have been some kind of Eurosceptic, but the heir to the Osborne baronetcy (of Ballentaylor, in County Tipperary, and Ballylemon, in County Waterford) knows exactly what he is doing in making an offer, which cannot really be refused, to reassert Ascendancy over what has never ceased to be an integral part of the British economy, for decades complete with a currency pegged at whatever happened to be the value of sterling, its almost identical coinage produced by the Royal Mint, as that of many Commonwealth countries still is. As the euro collapses, expect that state of affairs to be restored.
Would we have to do this for anyone else in Euroland? Only if anyone else in Euroland speaks English, has vast family ties to Britain, has always had the right to vote and stand in British elections, has never stopped providing recruits for the British Armed Forces, watches British television, listens to British pop music, has three political parties that are flagrant creatures of British intelligence (just ask Sinn Féin, not that they have been in any position to comment for a long time now) and one of which is openly funded by trade unions headquartered in Britain, and so on, and on, and on, not least including practically total economic integration with Britain, which is why we are making this offer.
They can keep their flag, their anthem, their President, their totemic use of Irish, their metric road signs, and all the rest of it. But someone, somewhere is killing the fatted calf tonight. Probably Sir Peter and Lady Osborne, of Ballentaylor, in County Tipperary, and Ballylemon, in County Waterford.