Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is the culmination of four decades of “latent Euroscepticism, which, through good times and bad, never really went away,” say Rowena Martin,
Brits have been campaigning for withdrawal from the E.U. ever since the U.K. first joined the 28-nation alliance in 1973. And the urge to leave has plagued every Prime Minister since.
After he became leader, David Cameron was also eager to steer his party away from the notion of leaving but he ultimately caved in to pressure from his ministers to call a referendum, with growing populist rage about immigration and the country’s elites, says Martin.
A mere term coined in 2012, Brexit has now become a victorious, mainstream political movement.
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