As a recent article in The Conversation neatly states, In medieval Britain, if you wanted to get ahead, you had to speak French. Post Brexit, the status of English as the dominant language of Europe is not as assured as many suppose--one only has to look at President Macron's recent speech pressing the case for French as the new (and old) lingua franca of the continent. With this thought in mind and with the lessons of history, the UK needs to invest in better second-language education. Being a monoglot in a sea of polyglots is not, and has not, ever been a good idea.