On June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum that will determine whether it remains a member of the European Union. Arguments abound in both the pro- and anti-Brexit camps over the drawbacks and benefits of staying or leaving. In fact, current polls among the British public are so close that world leaders have begun to voice their opinions on the subject. Although the international community respects that this is a decision for the British people, the consequences of a Brexit would deal a devastating blow to Europe and reverberate throughout the world economy. Beyond the apparent economic concerns, a Brexit would have dire consequences for national security—both for the UK and the EU. It would jeopardize the unity of the NATO alliance, potentially reignite the debate over Scottish independence and, perhaps most importantly, add increased pressure to Europe’s already-delicate political climate. At stake is the future of a united Europe.
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