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The messier Brexit gets, the better Europe looks | World News, The Indian Express

The messier Brexit gets, the better Europe looks | World News, The Indian Express

By New York Times |Brussels |Published: January 31, 2019 10:38:20 am

The messier Brexit gets, the better Europe looks

The threat of populist forces to European cohesion is not over. The EU will remain a convenient boogeyman for populists looking to score political points at home.

An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament, ahead of a vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, in London, Britain January 15, 2019. (REUTERS)
Written by Steven Erlanger
After Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, its leaders were in a panic. It was mired in a migration crisis, and anti-Europe, populist forces were gaining. Britain’s decision seemed to herald the start of a great unraveling.
Two years later, as Britain’s exit from the bloc, or Brexit, looks increasingly messy and self-destructive, there is a growing sense, even in the populist corners of the continent, that if this is what leaving looks like, no, thank you.
Nothing has brought the European Union together quite as much as Britain’s chaotic breakdown. “A country is leaving and has gotten itself into a right old mess, making itself ridiculous to its European partners,” said Rosa Balfour, a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels.
Juncker: Brexit deal will not be renegotiated
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker tells EU lawmakers that the Brexit deal the EU reached with Prime Minister Theresa May is the only deal on offer to Britain and will not be changed.
The challenges facing Europe — low growth, eurozone governance, migration, debt, border security and populism — have by no means gone away. Nor has Europe found consensus on how to deal with them.

The very prospect of losing a country like Britain, considered so pragmatic and important in the world, is deeply wounding. But on the whole, while all parties will suffer with Brexit, particularly in the event of a “no deal” departure, analysts tend to agree that the EU, which will remain the world’s largest market, is likely to fare far better than Britain.

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