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The British (and European in general) left is doing their utmost to get the referendum declared invalid and Britain not to leave the trainwreck that is the EU.
And I've little doubt that they'll manage to pull it off too.
It is frustrating, because the ideas in the article aren't particularly new to half of whatever percentage of Americans pays attention to politics. They are well put, and they can't be stated often enough, but most of the MF readers have seen this thread of analysis before. We are deeply aware of the academic, beltway, literary interpretation of history. Many of us were exposed to it for years on end at school or in particular fields, yet eventually pulled free, recognising it as shallow and biased.
Those who hold those views, OTOH, are not exposed to the decent arguments against their position. They gravitate to the worst of their opponents because they are intellectual cowards. Presented with four solid counterarguments, they pick one that they can twist 45 degrees and oversimplify, answer that, and breathe a sigh of relief that they are still BSD's.
Assistant Village Idiot
Brexit and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty .
Yes, I'm sure the failure to send a letter by certified mail to P.O. Box 1772, return receipt requested, will undo the Referendum. I suppose if its that important, the EU Army (oops, that would have been Britain), can invade and enforce.
An older (late 50s) woman whose house was decorated with British flags was interviewed by a reporter in the early hours to ask her how she felt about "Leave" being passed. She hadn't heard yet and broke into sobs, muttering "Thank God, we've been saved!" between breathes. I guess we on the other side of the pond don't realize how much some in England wanted out of the EU.
Most citizens in most countries in Europe want out. Sadly most politicians in all countries want in because it means cushy overpaid jobs for themselves, and promises of even cushier jobs at the UN courtesy of the overlords in Paris and Berlin.
Thus the voice of the people is ignored, like it will be ignored in the UK.
They'll seek and find an excuse to declare the referendum null and void, likely some minor clause about the turnout and/or outcome being too low by a few tenths of a percent.