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America played a role in Britain's exit from EU

America played a role in Britain's exit from EU

Supporting U.S. policies has come back to bite the British

June 29, 2016 |
By Dan Simpson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The contribution of American policy to the catastrophic British vote last Thursday to leave the European Union is indirect, but clear.
The two main issues that propelled the British electorate to choose to exit the EU were immigration and the state of the economy.  On immigration, the EU was held responsible for too many ethnically and religiously different people coming into the United Kingdom, posing a threat to British identity.  On the economy, it was partly that those people coming in were considered to be displacing non-different Britons from their jobs, and, more fundamentally, that the economy of the United Kingdom still had not recovered from the global recession that started around 2008.

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