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Brexit – Why, and What Now?

Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are in full swing.

The outcome will impact the US both geopolitically and economically. With its closest European ally gone from the EU negotiating table, the US will have less influence over EU decision-making on pertinent issues ranging from security to trade. Furthermore, Brexit – and even more so a “no-deal Brexit” – does not bode well for the UK economy. With the UK being one of America’s largest trading partners and the world’s fifth-largest economy, a troubled British economy might easily drag the US economy down with it.

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With so much going on in politics, it’s hard to keep up. Thankfully, getAbstract’s new Brexit channel provides you with the background knowledge you need.

Why did “Brexit” happen?

For a detailed analysis of the political battles between the Remain camp and Leave advocates, check out Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman’s book, All out War. He convincingly demonstrates how Leave’s focus on unaddressed popular grievances, such as immigration, resonated more with voters than the Remain camp’s nuanced, wonkish-sounding warnings about Brexit’s economic consequences.

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Meanwhile, social scientist Alexander Bett’s gripping TED talk puts the Brexit vote into a broader social context by highlighting the growing divide between the “winners” and “losers” of globalization.

“The specter of Brexit is in all our societies.” – Alexander Bett

“What the Hell Happens Now?”

Well, that’s the title of a book by the outspoken British journalist and Brexit critic Ian Dunt. It provides an expert analysis of the concrete implications this emotionally charged referendum may have on Britain’s trade relationships, financial services industry and foreign policy.

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“Brexit [is] a problem with countless actors, millions of trade implications, numerous political agendas and a volatile, emotional debate.” – Ian Dunt

Can Britain still reverse course?

Former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg doesn’t believe that Brexit is inevitable: A self-serving elite has misled the public to vote in favor of the referendum, and it is now up to British voters to take back control of their country’s destiny. In How To Stop Brexit, Clegg outlines five grassroot tactics the British people can use to ask for a British arrangement with the EU that serves the country’s genuine long-term interest.

“Brexit does not have to be hard or soft, rough or smooth, clean or messy, or even red, white and blue. In fact, Brexit does not have to mean Brexit at all.” 

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