26 June 2016 at 23:20 GMT
Nikkei Asian Review
Britain joined the move toward a united Europe to gain access to the single market. After being shot down twice by Charles de Gaulle, Britain's attempt to join the European Community finally succeeded in 1973. For four decades or so, Britain has been acting as a balancer, helping to make delicate adjustments to Europe's political dynamics. Despite its complicated and sometimes troubled relationship with Europe, Britain has played an important role in Europe's economy, diplomacy and security. It is clear that Britain's withdrawal from the EU will have far-reaching effects, but it is too early to predict how it will change Europe in the coming years.
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