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مأساة بريطانية من فصل واحد

أكسفورد ــ يُقال إن ليلة الخميس كانت بالغة الأهمية لأولئك الذين تولوا حملة الخروج من الاتحاد الأوروبي وإدارة ظهر بريطانيا للقرن الحادي والعشرين. وقد أوافق على هذا على الأقل. فكما كتب شيشرون: "كم كان اليوم بائسا تعيسا".

سوف يهيمن قرار ترك الاتحاد الأوروبي على الحياة الوطنية البريطانية طوال السنوات العشر المقبلة، إن لم يكن لفترة أطول. وبوسع المرء أن يجادل بشأن شِدة الصدمة الاقتصادية ــ في الأمدين القريب والبعيد ــ ولكن من الصعب أن نتخيل أي ظروف ربما لا تصبح المملكة المتحدة في ظلها أكثر فقرا وأقل أهمية في العالم. وسوف يدرك كثيرون من أولئك الذين تشجعوا على التصويت لصالح نيل "استقلالهم"، كما زعموا، أنهم بدلا من اكتساب أي قدر من الحرية خسروا وظائفهم.

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