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British, American and European politics: federal flaw

The history of the constitution offers clues about the kind of Europe that Britain might hope to lead, rather than leave

By Adam Tomkins   October 2016

The lure of sovereignty: the March for Independence, Glasgow 2016 ©COLIN MCPHERSON/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES

In the constitutional tumult of 250 years ago, the time of Tom Paine, Edmund Burke and Thomas Jefferson, an idea was born: that the atom of sovereignty could be split, allowing a single nation to be forged from multiple states without those component parts being swallowed up by the new whole. This was nation-building without Leviathan—a new order indeed.…

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