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Soon we will finally be able to have an informed debate about Europe

Why the fallout from Brexit may prompt a long-overdue reckoning

By Peter Kellner  

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Cheer up. I bring good news. The Second World War will soon be over.

To be precise, it will be over for Britain. It ended long ago for the rest of Europe–not just the fighting but dealing with its aftermath. For most of western Europe, the biggest step towards shaping the future was signing the Treaty of Rome in 1957. For Greece, Spain and Portugal, it was shedding fascism in the mid-1970s. For eastern Europe, it was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But so far, Britain has had no such moment of liberation, catharsis or soul-searching. We…

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