Two Cheers for Westphalia

Ever since the results of last week’s Brexit referendum were announced, commentators on both sides of the Atlantic have been oscillating wildly through the stages of bereavement. Shock and denial came first as pundits, politicians, voters, and bookmakers could not believe the outcome. Then came anger, with members of the “Remain” camp lashing out against “Leave” voters for their stupidity, atavism, chauvinism, and even insanity. Then came the inevitable bargaining: What if Scotland and Northern Ireland stay in the European Union by seceding from the United Kingdom? Better still, why don’t we have a “do-over” referendum on EU membership? Depression may eventually set in and, in time, acceptance; but for now, a collective reality check is in order.

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Two Cheers for Westphalia

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