Brexit, a welcome catastrophe


The British 'no' vote in the referendum on the European Union marks the victory of the extreme right, represented by the repugnant Nigel Farage and his UKIP party. In that sense it is a tragedy. But this 'no' vote also signs the death warrant of a European Union that has turned away from its citizens. Now the whole European project needs to be rebuilt and Mediapart's editor François Bonnet wonders whether that isn't good news...

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Let us not under-estimate the scale of the event. The decision by the British in their referendum on June 23rd resonates like a catastrophe. Since early this morning the press and British and European leaders have employed strong expressions and shock statements to try to grasp the immense consequences of this decision.