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Risque de Brexit : des conséquences au-delà de l’Europe

NEW YORK – La décision de demeurer ou non au sein de l’Union européenne appartient bien évidemment au peuple britannique et à ses dirigeants élus. Pour autant, un certain nombre d’intérêts autres que purement britanniques et européens seront concernés par l’issue de ce choix, et c’est pourquoi il est à la fois légitime et approprié que d’autres acteurs interviennent dans la discussion.

Permettez-moi par conséquent d’y participer en tant qu’observateur extérieur concerné par l’issue de cette question, et d’exprimer une opinion sans équivoque : de mon point de vue (et aux yeux de nombreux autres Américains), une décision consistant pour le Royaume-Uni à sortir de l’UE se révélerait dommageable – je dirais même extrêmement dommageable.  

J’ai conscience que certains y verront de l’ironie, dans la mesure où les États-Unis doivent leur propre indépendance à une émancipation des colonies américaines par rapport à l’Angleterre. Mais cette époque appartient au passé, les temps ont changé, et une sortie britannique hors de l’Europe serait accueillie avec regret et inquiétude par le plus proche allié du Royaume-Uni.

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