By Robert A. Vella
Describing the U.K. referendum decision to leave the European Union as “shocking” might be an understatement. This election result is destined to have far-reaching consequences for many years to come. To see it as nothing more than a quixotic political aberration, a spontaneous overreaction to regional immigration concerns, as many western establishment leaders would like the public to believe, is a profoundly ignorant perception. What happened yesterday in the U.K. is just a symptom of a much bigger societal problem that’s been building for several decades inside Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere.
Like the U.S., the U.K. has become increasingly polarized and divided along sharp cultural, political, and regional lines as evidenced by the referendum outcome. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and urban London all voted to remain in the E.U. England and Wales voted to leave. The ethnic breakdown of the vote also reflects similarly to the…
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