The good, the bad and the ugly of Brexit

Op ed for the Arizona Daily Star. 

For fans of direct democracy, the recent Brexit vote is good news. The majority of British people took the course of the nation into their own hands and voted against the advice of every major international institution, politician and expert. The UK is leaving the EU after 43 years, not because of some political crisis or diplomatic wrangle, but because the British people opted for this option in a national referendum.

As an exercise in direct democracy, the Brexit referendum was impressive. Some 71 percent of eligible voters participated, a turnout that leaves most modern democracies in the dirt by a longshot. So often the European Union was criticized for not being democratic enough. The British voters have now had a chance to tell Brussels what they really feel. Democratic deficit? Solved. More here

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