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Big voices Lionel Barber, Roger Cohen and more weigh in on the Brexit vote.
An epic vote in Britain tomorrow to decide whether the U.K. will stay in the European Union or take the “Brexit.” Passions are running very high. A promising British politician last week murdered by a man shouting “Britain First!” There are real consequences waiting here. For Britain, for Europe. By extension, the United States, the West. This hour On Point, on the eve of Britain’s vote, we talk with Lionel Barber of the Financial Times, Roger Cohen of the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph’s Tim Stanley on “Brexit.” — Tom Ashbrook
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Financial Times: Young people will be the losers if Britain opts for isolation — "If the UK votes for Brexit, there will be — as with all political experiments — a variety of unintended consequences. Many of these will fall hardest on the most vulnerable, in particular the young."
New York Times: Jo Cox and Britain’s Place in Europe — "The European Union has been through a tough decade. It has been beset by the structural flaws of the euro and a weak response to the financial meltdown of 2008. It has faced the ongoing difficulties of absorbing former Communist bloc nations and the challenge of mass immigration. It needs reinvigoration — of a kind Britain could lead."
Daily Telegraph: Brexit isn't about nostalgia. It's about ambition. Trust me, I'm a historian — "There is no historical case for leaving the EU. There is no historical case for staying in. That’s because this isn’t an existential matter. It’s a practical decision. Do you think your country is better off in or out? I think the latter. So I’m voting for Brexit."
This program aired on June 22, 2016.
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