Op-Ed: “Brexit – Apportioning the Blame” by J.H.H. Weiler
The immediate prevailing emotion on the eve of Brexit is a form of relief. It is understandable and benign. The three year farce has taken its toll. Closure, at last.
There is another sense of relief, felt by many, understandable too, though less benign. It is the ‘good riddance’ form of relief. It is easily detected and openly declared by the British Brexiteers: Good riddance of Europe. (Yes, we are back to speaking of Great Britain and Europe). But it also is quite widely shared in Europe, though spoken quietly and behind closed doors: Good riddance of Britain, often accompanied by “de Gaulle was right after all;’ ‘they (the Brits) never really embraced the European Construct; never really believed in ‘An ever closer Union;’ ne