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Britain had no post-Brexit plan—that bewilders the French

"The costs inflicted upon the British economy and the British brand are beyond all predictions"

By Christine Ockrent  

French President Francois Hollande ©Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images

At first the temptation was to say: good riddance. After 43 years of hassling, bickering and constant bargaining, the British will no longer try and twist the European process to get a better deal at the expense of other EU members.

After the shock, the grief—we, on the continent, would not be family anymore?—there was also irritation. With insular arrogance, whether they lamented or rejoiced over the referendum result, most British commentators immediately predicted the…

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