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Britain in Search of a Country

Those who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU, largely on the basis of lies and delusion, have no idea what to do next. But now that the Brexiteers have broken all the crockery in the shop, it is imperative to piece together Britain's national interest from the shards.

LONDON – The Brexit vote has smashed much of the infrastructure of Britain’s economic and political relations with Europe and the world. Those who campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, largely on the basis of lies and delusion, have no idea what to do next. They are destroyers, not creators.

But now that we Brits have broken all the crockery in the shop, we have to piece together our national interest from the shards. All of us, led by a new and clever prime minister, Theresa May (who campaigned to stay in Europe), must do all we can to save our country from isolation and decline.

May has moved quickly to put in place a team to manage Britain’s divorce from the EU. It includes Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, who will need no reminder of the old adage that diplomats are supposed to go abroad to lie for their country. His challenge will not only be his cavalier attitude to the truth, but also his record of insulting many of those – including US President Barack Obama and his possible successor, Hillary Clinton – with whom he will need to do business.

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