The Brexit vote has been a victory of the past over the future; of the old over the young; of the less educated over the university graduates; of the less skilled over the nimble who could adapt to the post-industrial age; of The Sun and Daily Mail over the FT and The Guardian; of the nativists over the cosmopolitans; of little England over Great Britain. Its roots lie in the Great Recession that began in 2008 as much as in the Great Migration that took Britain’s foreign-born population from 3.8 million in 1993 to 8.3 million today. Its consequences will be grim, certainly for Britain, probably for Europe and very possibly for that humane, rational and democratic entity we called the West.
Journalist/Senior Director at Global Business Policy Council
In 25 years as a journalist with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, he served as bureau chief in Moscow and the US, as European Editor and Assistant Editor. He was awarded Britain’s Reporter of the Year prize in 1987, and wrote and presented the BBC series ‘Martin Walker’s Russia’ and ‘Clintonomics.’