Cartoon by Carlos Latuff: @LatuffCartoons
By Jim Slaven
The Brexit referendum has been followed by a period of frenzied speculation over the negotiations coupled with a strange hiatus in politics as everyone awaits the outcome. In Ireland people wait to see if the final deal will speed up the process of reunification. In Scotland the SNP wait on the final Brexit deal to tie it to a second independence referendum. The Tories wait to elect a leader. And Labour just waits. While it may be understandable for political parties to focus on their own self interest there are other- more political- considerations which provide both the context and the driver for Brexit and its consequences.
For about 250 years, up until the middle of the twentieth century, Europe was the centre of political and economic development. European thinking and European nations dominated. Let us say at the outset that we…
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