26 June 2016 at 23:30 GMT
Western democracy in essence is about representative democracy. By employing a referendum, the Cameron government opened a window of opportunity for direct democracy. It's not a wise decision, as it provides a hotbed for populism. In regard to the EU, it is facing a legitimacy crisis with member states and the public not accepting the bloc as a legitimate and effective mechanism to fulfill their requirements. In the long run, if the UK and EU fall into a disorder, the Western world will have to reflect on liberal democracy and social Darwinism, both of which have been exemplified as pillars of their society.
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