Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament January 15 in London. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Like it or not, from the colonial era through the two World Wars, our story and Britain’s are inextricably intertwined.
And that remains true as we watch both the US and Britain suffer the consequences of the nationalist spasm of 2016.
They voted to pull out of the European Union, the economic and political agreement that allowed freer trade and migration and tried to find common ground among the diverse cultures and economies of greater Europe.
Unable to get favorable terms for Brexit, Britain is now lurching toward economic disaster and locked in political chaos.
We voted for Donald J. Trump, who capitalized on some of the same political impulses that fueled Brexit. He has pulled us out of or scrambled key trade relationships, started unnecessary trade wars, and done nothing to fix our immigration issues.
DC is hopelessly gridlocked.
Our mutual enemies around the world, especially the Russians, are loving every minute of it.
Nice work, nationalists!
There are multiple morals to these twin stories, about acting rashly, failing to do due diligence, cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Coming from the two nations that have led the world in enlightened governance and populism for decades, it’s a sorry sight.
And the question for both the US and Britain is the same – do you have the courage to admit you made a terrible mistake?
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