Having occasion to go to London, he marvelled, as he returned, thinking of naked, lurking savages on an island, how these had built up and created the great mass of Oxford Street or Piccadilly. How had helpless savages, running with their spears on the riverside, after fish, how had they come to rear up this great London, the ponderous, massive, ugly superstructure of a world of man upon a world of nature! It frightened and awed him. Man was terrible, awful in his works. The works of man were more terrible than man himself, almost monstrous.
D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow (1915)
Not that we are in a position to do anything about it, but it is conceivable that the EU could reduce the distorting effects London has on the rest of us. On the other hand, even if we break free from the EU we are still stuck with London.