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Последствия выхода Великобритании из ЕС

БРЮССЕЛЬ – Всего лишь несколько лет назад предложение премьер-министра Дэвида Кэмерона гражданам Великобритании провести референдум по поводу выхода страны из Евросоюза могло показаться довольно безопасной игрой. Тогда большинство, наверное, проголосовало бы за то, чтобы остаться в ЕС. Ведь это было до того, как греческий кризис начал разрушать еврозону, и до того, как поток из сотен тысяч беженцев привел к потере Евросоюзом (но не Великобританией) контроля над частью своих границ.

Кэмерон, пожалуй, даже может вынудить остальных европейских лидеров уступить его требованиям реформ, без которых, по его словам, он не будет агитировать за сохранение членства страны в ЕС. Его требования не экстремальны – гарантия полного доступа к единому европейскому рынку для стран, не входящих в еврозону; меньше административных барьеров на уровне ЕС; неучастие Британии в «более тесном союзе». Последнее требование – сокращение поддержки мигрантов в ЕС – лидерам Евросоюза будет труднее всего удовлетворить.

Несмотря на этот реформаторский натиск, некоторые британские евроскептики критикуют Кэмерона за излишнюю мягкость. В Великобритании растёт искушение просто покинуть этот кажущийся тонущим корабль и жить в прекрасном одиночестве. Это можно понять. Но вопрос в том, будет ли выход Великобритании из Евросоюза – так называемый «Брексит» (“Brexit”) – таким прекрасным, как любят представлять его сторонники.

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