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Fri Dec 1, 2017, 06:58 PM

3. Brits got sold a bill of goods

The adopted Brexit by a narrow 52-48 margin, sold to them as a way to get rid of furriners and to reassert British sovereignty. (Sound like the xenophobic aspects of any recent elections you might remember in the United States in 2016? Many of the same characters figure in both the British and American campaigns.)

Britain is finding out that their gleeful tweaking of the EU's nose doesn't come without a price. The EU didn't want Britain to leave, but if the Brits were determined to do so, the EU couldn't stop them. Now, after Britain has flounced out the door with a hearty "So long, sucker!" they find that it's not quite so cut and dried. Details like the UK border with Ireland have to be worked out, and oddly enough, that question never quite came up during the Brexit campaign. Whether this was an oversight or by design is a question smarter people than me can answer.

The upshot of it all is that Britain is finding out that it doesn't have any leverage or bargaining power. Now they're waking up to the realization that Ireland (of all countries!) can make demands on them, and have the rest of the EU backing the Irish demands.

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