Informit article: Exit Europe, stage right

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On that Friday morning, people were in shock. Britain’s citizens woke up on 25 June to find out they had decided to leave the EU. Their decision taken in 1975 to confirm membership of the European Community had been reversed, and nobody was sure what it meant. The morning papers did not herald the reversal. They had gone to press too early to know. In London, as people stood in queues for morning coffee at Pret Manger, or crowded onto the tube, many were using their iPhones – and some were asking each other whether we were in or out. It was an unusual time of touchingly awkward sociality.

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