Brexit Eye Opener

Thank You, Britain!

Next stop Continental Europe?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could trigger similar votes in E.U. members such as Denmark and the Netherlands.

  • Facts


    • Britons voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union in a referendum last week.
    • Britain is the world’s fifth-largest economy and the second-largest in Europe after Germany.
    • Many right-wing and center-right politicians in Europe would like referendum votes on E.U. membership in their countries.
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The British are not spoilsports. They play their own game, and decided to leave the confining conformity of the European Union. Any thinking person should realize they had good reasons to do so. Britain doesn’t just belong to Europe, Britain belongs among all nations. That was how Winston Churchill saw it.

Great Britain is oriented outwardly more strongly than any other country in our hemisphere. Its people, in the words of former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, don’t share “the obsession for the European perspective.”

“We have a global perspective, due to our ties to the Commonwealth and the rest of the English-speaking world,” Mr. Lawson said. “Today every country trades with every other country in the world. That’s what globalization means.”

The world’s fifth largest economy doesn’t need bureaucratic Brussels for that.

Now that the British have voted to leave the European bloc, it’s our chance to reshape how we think. The future is open — provided you really want to consider the future of Brussels, “the Gentle Monster,” and not just “believe” in it.

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