Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

After Brexit, Britain Carries On

People celebrate in Parliament Square on Brexit day in London, England, January 31, 2020. (Simon Dawson/Reuters)
The dire predictions look alarmist now

The morning of the day that Britain left the European Union, I happened to be at the Royal Academy, on London’s Piccadilly, for a private viewing of Picasso and Paper—a fact I mention not to culture-brag, but rather to point to another fact: that an exhibition spanning the entirety of Picasso’s career includes major loans from collections across France, Spain, and many other nations.

The United Kingdom left the European Union that evening: the 31st of January, 2020. The next morning I bumped into a friend. “Any planes landed on your head yet?” I asked him. “None so far!” came the

This article appears as “Britain Carries On” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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