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How Brexit changed us: The UK’s departure has given the EU the illusion of strength

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Despite their bitter antagonism, Remainers and Leavers shared a fallacious assumption: that the European Union as we know it was a given. They both saw it as an entity quite independent of the UK which voters would either want to remain part of or leave. By concentrating their slings and arrows on the pros and cons of membership, both sides utterly ignored the impact of their decision on an EU whose deep internal crisis guaranteed its flux.

Leavers understood, with a certain glee, the ill-effects of the UK’s departure upon the EU but failed to grasp the secondary ill-effects of Brexit upon the UK itself. Hard Remainers,........

© New Statesman

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