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Conflicted identity

Britain has always done best when it doesn't turn its back on Europe.
By Christopher Clark

1815 Batt­le of Wa­ter­loo (Mee­ting of Prin­ce Blü­cher and the Duke of Wel­ling­ton at the Batt­le of Wa­ter­loo on June 18, 1815. Et­ching by Gott­fried Ar­nold Leh­mann): The ab­surd pro­of that the coun­try can be suc­cess­ful on its own

The choice theo­rist Edna Ull­mann-Mar­ga­lit po­sits that the­re are es­sen­ti­al­ly three kinds of de­ci­si­ons: pi­cking, choo­sing and op­ting. Pi­cking de­ci­si­ons are the litt­le ones we make every day: what to have for lunch; which tooth­pas­te to buy. Choo­sing de­ci­si­ons are the midd­le-si­zed ones that in­vol­ve the mar­shal­ling of re­a­sons for and against: to buy this car or that. Op­ting de­ci­si­ons are the big­gest; they mark a per­so­nal trans­for­ma­ti­on be­cau­se the per­son that co­mes out of them is dif­fe­rent from the one that goes in. In the case of a coun­try, they are mo­ments whe­re his­to­ry its­elf pi­vots. Ex­am­ples might be the de­ci­si­on whe­ther to have child­ren (for a per­son); whe­ther to lea­ve the UK (for the Scots); whe­ther to exit the EU (for Bri­tain).

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