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I had to take the flight to the East Coast, but I’ve been in the UK since this spring. And I can’t ignore the news headlines. There have been plenty of headlines.
What were they, like, “US election results will have ripple effect,” “Trump won, but now the UK is under threat” or “The UK’s vote is on the brink of failure”?
“The result of the UK’s 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will reverberate through international geopolitics,” the UK’s Financial Times told its more than 8,000 readers on the morning after the vote.
“If you think Brexit means Brexit, you’d better understand,” Financial Times editor John Maynard Keynes wrote a few days later, in response to a question from a reader.
The headline referred to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, which led to the referendum. The Financial Times then made a dig at the news: “You’d better understand,” he told readers, “that Brexit means Brexit.”
When I first read it, several weeks ago, I rolled my eyes. Then I saw the news of the UK’s vote on leaving the EU, and saw that the Financial Times was referring to the referendum vote – and its result – by repeating its headline, “You’d better understand: Brexit means Brexit.”
But now I’m starting to think that, yes, if you think Brexit means Brexit, you might have to understand that what I’m about to say is true. This has been the news story of the past few days.
The UK vote on whether to leave the EU and to trigger an Article 50 exit from the EU comes amid a slew of elections in the US, Europe, and around the world. As an observer