For Matt Marchand, the border between Canada and America never meant that much. Born and raised in Windsor, Canada’s most southern city, the lights of Detroit could be seen just across the river.
Despite the two cities being in different countries and separated by half a mile of water, he saw them as part of one whole.
“It is very similar to going from the north side of the Thames to the south side,” he says, recalling nipping into America for dinner in the evening or to meet friends. “If you’ve lived here and grown up here, going to Detroit is not necessarily viewed as going to a foreign country.”
As Britain’s political class grapples to define its new trading relationship with Europe after Brexit, attention has been drawn to the Detroit-Windsor crossing.
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