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The Brexit learning curve: nine lessons from Britain’s tortured relationship with Europe

The UK’s foolish decision to quit follows a series of historical misjudgments

By Paul Wallace  

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If nothing else, Britain’s departure from the European Union has been a voyage of discovery into our past as well as our likely future. Here are nine painful lessons we have learned.

The price of victory, again

Jean Monnet, the French architect of European integration after the second world war, subsequently said that Britain’s failure to join in the project at the outset was “the price of victory—the illusion that you could maintain what…

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