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Brexit and No End

  • Rudolf G. Adam


Brexit is a paradigm of how not to conduct a referendum. David Cameron manoeuvred himself into a dead end from which the referendum finally seemed the only escape. A people’s vote may have been inevitable in the long run, given the irreconcilable fissures within the major parties. Both the Conservatives and Labour suffered a deepening rift within their own ranks over the European question. The way in which Cameron stumbled into this adventure was foolhardy and ham-fisted. To ask the people a question that may entail grave, far-reaching and extremely complex consequences—a question that cannot easily be reconsidered—would have deserved more intensive, systematic and thorough preparations.


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  • Rudolf G. Adam
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  1. 1.Prien, ChiemseeGermany

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