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Britain: Keeping calm amid chaos

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LONDON – During the German blitz in the Battle of Britain, correspondent Edward R. Murrow marveled at how Londoners stoically carried on amid the nightly horrors of aerial bombing.

In an obviously different context, I find a similar mentality prevailing in England as the summer of 2019 ends. The message I take away from London and the countryside is, “We’ve had three years of continuous inconclusive debate, now let’s get on with it and leave the European Union no matter what on Oct. 31.”

This readiness to move on, I think, is what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is banking on when he called for “prorogation” (i.e., a suspension of parliamentary debate) until mid-October. Outside politically active circles, his announcement has largely been greeted with a yawn. There’s been enough talking.

Of course, in the Brexit debate, many important issues cry out for........

© The Japan Times