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European Council President Donald Tusk recently sparked controversy by saying there is a "special place in hell" for those who advocated Brexit "without a plan".British Prime Minister Theresa May duly issued a statement rebuking Tusk for his remark.As for the theological language in Tusk's indictment, one could argue it is perfectly appropriate for politicians in a largely secularized Europe to speak of hell.Some Italian journalists have alleged, erroneously, that even Pope Francis has dispensed with the notion of hell.In reality, he's put hell at the center of his vision of humanity.If hell is thinking that you do not need others, and that you need only look out for yourself, then the Brexiteers are already there.But in international relations, the assumption that one can regulate everything by oneself creates a hell that others have to live in, too.If May wanted to be bold, she could issue the following statement: "Brexit is a terrible mistake.
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