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[Comment] Offline: B-day—time to get real

It wasn’t 9/11. But it felt like it. The shock of waking up on June 24, 2016, was palpable. Bewilderment and bereavement. Those of us who believed in the UK as an outward-looking European nation couldn’t accept the fact that by the slimmest of majorities (51·9% vs 48·1%), Britain had voted to leave the European Union (EU). Even today, that sense of incomprehension, even trauma, is still felt by many. The Liberal Democrats have promised a final public vote on a Brexit settlement, together with an option to vote to stay in the EU.