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The United Kingdom’s Paradise Lost

Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2020

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of the new book The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm, and Making the European Monetary Union.

In imagining a post-Brexit future, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is acting as if it is entering a world of new, attractive alternatives from which to choose. But today’s Conservatives seem to have forgotten what their forebear, Margaret Thatcher, always understood: there will be tradeoffs.

PRINCETON – Goodbye, Britain. Brexit is done. It’s over. Some Britons are waving Union Jacks, and public buildings are illuminated in red, white, and blue. Having dramatically opened up a new space for political maneuver, the country is now celebrating its achievement.

This uplifting mood comes as a surprise. Following the June 2016 referendum, which “Leave” won by a relatively narrow margin (52% to 48%, with a 72% turnout), Brexit became a deeply polarizing issue. The bid to leave the European Union faced many legal challenges, and left Parliament bitterly divided and incapable of approving an exit deal. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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