THE DISUNITED KINGDOM

the left coast view

Goodbye, Great Britain. Hello, little England. This might be the greeting today after UK voters decided to leave the European Union.

The vote shows a country disunited. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted decisively to remain in the EU. England and Wales voted to leave.  It seems certain that the Scots, wanting to remain part of Europe, will demand another referendum on independence from the UK, and this time it is probable that the vote will be in favor of splitting up with England. The United Kingdom Independence Party, which pushed so hard for the vote on Europe, may discover to their chagrin that they won this battle but end up with the UK disintegrating in the next 2-3 years. A Pyrrhic victory.

There are a couple of lessons for Americans in this outcome with regards to our own upcoming election.

First, the UK vote is a huge repudiation of the…

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