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Uncommon Knowledge: John O’Sullivan on Brexit’s Past and Future Paths

As the Brexit deadline of March 2019 draws near, John O’Sullivan discusses the status of Brexit today and the history of Britain’s decision to enter the European Union in 1973. He explains how Britain’s entry into the European Union first came about under Margaret Thatcher. He argues that British citizens had objections to joining the European Union back in 1973 and those objections never went away. Over the past 45 years, the British have become increasingly more skeptical and frustrated with the European Union and resent the degree of its interference in the government’s decision-making.

John and I talk about the upcoming March 2019 deadline set by Theresa May for Brexit to officially occur. They talk about the state of the government as it stands, its preparedness for Brexit, and the opposition to Brexit by some parts of the government and the younger citizens.

Recorded on September 26, 2018.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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