The EU isn't snookering Britain. Britain is hoodwinking the EU.

Britain has the best deal imaginable with the EU. Why give that up?

As the Brexit vote approaches, the current deal between Great Britain and the European Union is evaluated.
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On Thursday, the citizens of the United Kingdom will decide whether to sever ties with the European Union. It's a tangled drama unfolding on the world stage, touching upon populism, national identity, xenophobia, and the relationship between everyday working people and the elites running the world's increasingly massive and complicated institutions. (Read our helpful Brexit explainer here.)

"The ordinary citizens feel these people in Brussels are remote, they don't care about them, they're too distant," John Van Reenen, director of Britain's Centre for Economic Performance, told The Week in an interview. "And they want to give them a kick."

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