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Yet reckoning in the real world can be impervious to the impartial “Eye in the Sky”. Perhaps and as always, the most vulnerable will pay, the periphery, the south, the east, the (still) left-behinds? After all, who among the powerful does not believe that they are the ones who belong on Noah’s Ark?

Depending on your eschatological bent, the story is about different ends: the end of our world, the end of the end of history; or end only as an interregnum, between one world and another. In the far reaches of the world, one hears the echoes of post-imperial schadenfreude — the very nation which invented the standards of civilisation incapable of being standardised by its neighbours.

Others believe that the last judgment will never happen, that Brexit means that both the EU and Britain will now live in its shadow, in a state of permanent ontological insecurity, a reckoning forever postponed, forever possible.

Where does redemption lie then? If Brexit is but the bluntest expression of the Eurosceptic verdict, there are many types of scepticism with different takes on kinds of chastisement.

To hugely simplify, there are those across Europe who vote or demonstrate against Brussels in favour of London, Budapest or Athens, and for whom the EU’s sin is its credo of taming nationalism through agreed constraints. Across Europe, fingers pointed at the other-within rotate towards a union bent on chipping away communities’ most fundamental collective instinct: the capacity to exclude.

And then there are those who vote or demonstrate against London, Rome or Paris through their no to Brussels — those for whom the true target of a “people’s Brexit” or Grexit or Frexit, is the insurgents’ own national establishment, the system nurtured by their own elites.

In short, redemption lies with recovering national or popular sovereignty. It would be a mistake for Europhiles to dismiss either variant of Euroscepticism.

We can try to dismiss cries of “EUSSR” heard from Warsaw to Budapest as unreconstructed transitional angst. But the powerful motto of “take back control” has long been heard in the streets of Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Athens during past EU referendum campaigns. Can we learn anew to disentangle the yearning for self-determination and local empowerment from xenophobia and my-country-firstism?

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July 11th, 2017
8:07 PM
Charles VIII? Did no one proof read?

Mark G..
July 7th, 2017
9:07 AM
A very well written article, didn't expect something that good, thank you :) From a casual perspective Brexit could mean a lot to the UK, but in fact, the EU will probably maintain friendly and cooperative relations with the UK. Time will tell... Best regards, Mark from

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