Brexit Vote Throws Britain and Europe into Turmoil

Much of what Farage says can’t be trusted. On this occasion, though, the thrust of his remarks was accurate.

.. In a vote that stunned the entire world, an obdurate British public rejected the advice of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the governor of the Bank of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Labour Party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and a long list of prominent economists and business leaders.

.. The earliest Britain could leave is two years from now.

.. it could be 2019 or 2020 before Britain finally retreats to unsplendid isolation behind the English Channel.

By that point, it’s not inconceivable that other E.U. members could be pushing to follow the British example.

.. without Britain protesting further encroachment from Brussels at every opportunity, it’s conceivable that the six original members—France, Germany, Italy, and the Benelux countries—could come even closer together, creating a two-tiered structure, with a tightly integrated core at its center and a less integrated periphery.

.. It is even possible that the U.K. could break up before the E.U. does

.. Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party, which has representatives in the parliaments in both Belfast and Dublin, called for a referendum on a united Ireland.

.. What an irony it would be if the Leave vote led the U.K. to break up before the E.U. does.