Only Serious Reform Will Avoid More Exists From the European Union

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30 June 2016
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The Conversation

Since the announcement of the Brexit result, there has been considerable debate about the rise of populism in both the UK and Europe. The success of Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in having a leading role in the UK referendum – and rejecting European Union membership for the UK – has stunned many observers. For a long time he has spoken of the EU as a failed project, a burning building.

Farage’s euroscepticism, like that of many members of the British Conservative Party, rejects the very idea of the EU. This stance resonated on June 23 with voters who were influenced by simple and questionable slogans about getting money back from Brussels and taking control of borders.

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