Everyone is talking about the European Union without Britain after Brexit - but what will happen to the United Kingdom without the EU?

Great Britain can turn to the wider world and try to establish Empire 2.0 or turn inwards and focus on Little England.

Tessa Szyszkowitz: Echte Engländer. Britannien nach dem Brexit. Picus Verlag.
September 2018. 
This book is in German.

“The conclusion, as the author logically and correctly concludes: “Everything that was holy to the Brits, is put in question by Brexit. Democracy, parliament, tolerance and even their proverbial serenity. What seemed safe, is no longer for sure. The vote for leaving the EU in 2016 showed that Brits have lost a sense for who they are and who they want to be.” - Alexander Menden, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 2/12/2018



Photo: Alex Schlacher

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