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What Does Brexit Mean for UK, Russia, World?
LATYNINA: BRITISH CITIZENS VOTED TO TAKE BACK THEIR COUNTRY FROM THE CLUTCHES OF SOCIALIST BUREAUCRACY THAT HAS TAKEN ROOT IN EUROPE
‘BRITISH REBEL AGAINST BRUSSELS.’ (By staff commentator Yulia Latynina. Novaya gazeta, June 27, 2016, p. 12. Complete text:) Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union; [British] Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation; the pound has collapsed; the future of Great Britain as a pan-European financial center is in doubt; Scotland and Northern Ireland will seek independence; and Donald Trump might become president of the US: These are the initial results of the June 23 vote.
A very simple thing happened on June 23: The British rebelled against Brussels. Formally, it was a referendum, but it was basically a popular uprising.
Uprisings are characterized by the following: First, they are always economically unprofitable.
Second, uprisings often lead to a country’s disintegration. After the French Revolution, the Vendee Wars broke out; and after the [2013 - 2014] Independence Square uprising [in Ukraine], naturally there was [fighting in] the Donetsk Basin.
Third, uprisings are contagious. If one breaks out in the south, another will flare up in the north: If Britain rebelled against the Roman Empire, then so could Gaul.
Fourth, the elite always oppose uprisings. They generally oppose any upheavals. When on May 2, 1808, the people of Madrid began to slaughter the French, the Spanish elite continued to call on Joseph Bonaparte.
Fifth, uprisings are always unexpected. That’s because the elite use rationality as a basis for predicting future events, but rationality cannot foresee irrational shenanigans that lead to losses - take Independence Square, for example.
Sixth, uprisings do not always end successfully.
In this sense, Brexit clearly meets all the criteria of an uprising.
[First,] it is economically detrimental - at least in the ...