BRITAIN: Facing Up to the Morning After

Post referendum omne animal triste est.

With that revision of a famous dictum, London Times Pundit Bernard Levin summed up the mood of Britain last week.* On the Monday morning after the Common Market referendum, when the edge was off the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as well, Britons were reawakened to the fact that all of their old problems were still with them. Indeed, some had got worse.

To be sure, there was a new sense of really being a part of Europe at last. In Parliament, Prime Minister Harold...

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