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Brexit: European history in reverse gear?

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>> Well, this referendum, if it leads to Britain leaving the EU, would be like putting European history into reverse gear. It would be the first time that a country had voted to leave the EU. It would call into question all of the structures that were put into place after World War II.
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European Union, but also NATO, to create security and stability in a continent which had experienced two World Wars and a Cold War. A lot of American strategists thought that after the Cold War, that Europe was a problem solved. In fact, what they're seeing now is increasing concerns about Europe, and the risk of an important chunk of Europe falling off.
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Well, what people at NATO, and the United States, and of course, also in the EU institutions are worried about is that this starts a gradual unravelling. That there'll be a fragmentation. Britain will not be the only country to be tempted by an exit. There's a possibility that more European leaders, or politicians in opposition parties, looking to curry public favor will be tempted to try David Cameron's tactics of demanding a renegotiation of their membership terms and using a pletha set as leverage.
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In this case, I think there really is a sense that this is a historical decision that will have very long run consequences.