by Christophe Ventura
The final chapter of a story is being written with Brexit. It is the story of the EU as symbolic incarnation of Europe. Whatever the outcome of the impending negotiations between the EU and the British government, the political involution called Brexit puts an end to the Europe built by the founding fathers. It also delivers a painful message: the integration of societies in the Old Continent through the primacy of markets, economics, currency and geopolitical servitude to the United States will guarantee neither peace nor prosperity to these societies. And it won’t set them on the path to their union either.
Of course Brexit must be evaluated in the particular historical, political and geopolitical context of the United Kingdom (its ancestral relationship to Europe). But it must also be understood for its deeply systemic nature, beyond its own geographic boundaries. The British voted all at once against EU policies (including perceived immigration and enlargement policies – or absence thereof), against its institutions, its treaties, its governments, its Establishment, and against the Establishment of every European country taken separately.