Now that the United Kingdom has officially decided to go, it’s almost impossible not to think about Donald Trump. And not just because Trump landed in (anti-Brexit) Scotland on Friday, as Great Britain woke up to its brave new world, and immediately tried to make the Brexit vote about himself:
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016
I’m not being glib about the earthquake that just shook Britain and Europe’s post-World War II Pax Europea. The UK and its leader — Prime Minister David Cameron or, more likely, whoever replaces him in October— has some big decisions and tricky negotiations ahead, and the EU’s pending loss of its second-largest economy could upend the entire half-century experiment in European harmony. But Britain will work that out in due time, and the only answer they are going to get today is the one spoken by 52 percent of voters: “Leave.”