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The European Union has gained member-state approval for an agreement setting the terms of the United Kingdom's exit from the bloc.Brexit constitutes a revolution, and that means it is bound to follow a familiar historical pattern. As many French learned after 1789, and many Russians after 1917, revolutions can be neither ignored nor stopped.To be sure, the Brexit revolution has been unfolding in a country with little revolutionary tradition. At a time when most Europeans want security and stability, a narrow majority of Britons decided to do something wild and unpredictable.Brexit is not merely about ending a monetary regime a relatively easy operation that can even produce beneficial policy outcomes or escaping some irritating feature of modern European political life.The man who drafted the original Appeals Act, Thomas Cromwell, was executed in 1540 on orders from the king; the architect of the English Reformation, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake in 1556 .
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