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Brexit и Король Кнуд

ЛОНДОН – Легенда о Короле Кнуде описывает, как ранний Англосаксонский Король показал своим подданным пределы королевской власти. Кнуд установил свой трон в море и приказал нарастающей волне повернуть вспять. Когда море поднялось, как обычно и намочило Кнуда, он сказал своим придворным: “Пусть теперь все люди знают, насколько пуста сила королей”.

Премьер-министр Великобритании Тереза Мэй, девиз которой “Brexit значит Brexit,” кажется, полагает, что послание Кнуда было о демократии, а не астрономии: ему следовало провести референдум. Хотя Мэй выступала против выхода Соединенного Королевства из Европейского Союза, сегодня у нее новая мантра: “Мы обеспечим Brexit-у успех, потому что за него проголосовали люди”.

Это нонсенс. Если Великобритания станет единственной Европейской страной, помимо России, исключившей себя из единого рынка ЕС, с экономической точки зрения, это не принесет успеха, независимо от того, как голосуют люди. Демократия не помешала бы океанским приливам и отливам, движимым действием силы тяжести, утопить Кнуда, если бы он остался на своем троне, так и референдум не повернет вспять экономические приливы и отливы, движимые глобализацией.

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