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Dust is settling around the UK’s June 2106 Brexit vote to leave the European Union, and the world awaits a decision on if and when the country will enact Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the formal mechanism for a country to leave the union. What will an exit agreement look like? The London Review of Books asked writers, political scientists, historians, and others to reflect on the UK’s current status and the question of why the vote swung towards “leave.” getAbstract recommends this compilation of opinions to political observers looking for varied responses to the Brexit referendum results.

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Since 1979, the London Review of Books has been publishing literary and intellectual essays. Today it is the most-circulated European literary magazine.



These and other observers reflect on the UK’s status after the Brexit vote to leave the EU:

David Runciman [political scientist, Cambridge University]: Who is responsible for the outcome of the referendum? The UK’s current “first-past-the-post system” crippled Liberal Democrats and empowered former Prime Minister David Cameron to gamble on the vote; he thus bears the onus. Also, another leader of the Labour movement might have been able to make Cameron think twice about holding the referendum. “It was the wrong question, put...

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