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Like any collision on a busy highway resulting from a fast-moving car veering without warning into the exit lane, Britain’s departure from the European Union will trigger a multi-car pile-up that will be costly to all parties. It will generate uncertainty in Britain for investors, producers and politicians until new linkages are established, and it will add fuel to rising populism and nationalism that could lead to Europe’s unravelling.

The verdict is not certain. Most polls suggest that the outcome of the referendum on June 23 is a toss-up. British Prime Minister David Cameron created an unnecessary crisis by...

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  • Fen Osler Hampson

    Fen Osler Hampson was a CIGI distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics Program (2012-2019). Currently he serves as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University and continues to provide leading research and insight to policy makers in the areas of Canadian foreign policy and international and regional security. He also serves as executive director of the World Refugee Council and was co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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