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‘Brexit’ Is a Losing Game

Beyond Global Influence, National Security, and Economic Opportunity, the United Kingdom Would Lose Its Ability to Look Beyond Itself

A supporter of Britain's U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Rochester and Strood  seat in a Nov. 20 special election Mark Reckless, walks in Rochester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Reckless, a former lawmaker, defected from Cameron's Conservatives to join UKIP which advocates British withdrawal from the European Union and tighter controls on immigration. His arguments are finding fertile ground in Rochester, a town 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of London with a castle, a cathedral and tourist-luring ties to Charles Dickens, who lived nearby.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In 1975, the United Kingdom voted on quitting Europe for the first time—just two years after it had joined the European Economic Community. A flip in power from the pro-European Conservative Party to the more Euroskeptic Labor Party led to a nationwide referendum on whether Britain should continue its EEC membership or stage a “Brexit,” severing its ties. The question posed to the British electorate was simple: “Do you think that the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Community (the Common Market)?”

The “yes” vote won by a sizable …

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