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With its vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom has staged a revolt so forceful that it will shake – and potentially even destroy – the European project. Indeed, as the U.K. pursues its extraordinary experiment in applied democracy, there will undoubtedly be calls elsewhere in Europe – mostly in northern countries like Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden – to follow the British example. The EU was built in the aftermath of World War II as a way, finally, to escape Europe's centurieslong legacy of violent conflict. Then came the worries about migration and mobility, with dynamic economies like the U.K. concerned about being inundated by workers from struggling countries. In requiring all members to remain open to migration from other member states, the EU looked like a maniacal party host, demanding that all the guests mingle, whether they want to or not. Pro-EU campaigners in Britain never managed to address the migration issue clearly and convincingly.So British voters entered the voting booth feeling that the EU had failed them, and that their national leaders could not protect their interests unless the U.K. left.Even British football bosses have argued that U.K. clubs are better off in Europe.
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