#brexit has been a constant companion on my trip to Italy this summer; like my terrible tan lines, except more annoying and more difficult to get rid of. As soon as I mention that I’m from the UK people immediately say, ‘I’m so sorry about the Brexit situation. What is going on with the UK at the moment?' That’s the reaction that Brexit is having in #europe and the rest of the world. Pity and bewilderment. My first week in Italy was tainted by the news that the UK had voted to leave the #EU.