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Brexit could end up strengthening the EU

The European Union is closing ranks and winning new support as voters learn that leaving the Union carries high costs.

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Voters who previously backed leaving the EU as a means of expressing unhappiness about other issues (like free movement of labour) have realised that exiting the Union is serious business, with the loss of substantial benefits.

EVENTS since the "Brexit" vote suggest that rather than leading to the disintegration of the European Union, the United Kingdom's referendum result may actually bolster European cohesion.

There are three reasons why. First, Britain is likely to suffer economically from its vote, sending a