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Brexit and King Canute

PM Theresa May should get the Anglo-Saxon king's message right and not think Britain can succeed outside of the EU just because the people voted for it.

EU leaders should present Britain a clear choice: either it remains an EU member after negotiating some additional reforms to satisfy public opinion; or it disengages completely from the EU.

THE legend of King Canute describes how an early Anglo-Saxon king showed his subjects the limits of royal power. King Canute set his throne by the sea and commanded the rising tide to turn back. When the sea rose as usual and soaked him, he told his courtiers: "Now let all men know how empty is...

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