Disbelief extends beyond Europe and America to the United Kingdom.

The European Union is, by its very nature, a much smaller entity than the US. The Brussels-based organization is split into two dissident quarters—those in favour of Brexit and those against it—all representing different geopolitical positions: Those who think this has been a catastrophic mistake, and those who think it could be reversed under a strong hint of prudence.

The so-called Remainer faction has made clear what is at stake. They regard Britain’s membership of the EU as a prime export, as providing immense transfer-sapping competition; Europe’s financial industry was the single most significant contributor to Britain’s GDP before Brexit, and its dramatic slump now represents a constant source of struggle among them.

This is a rejection of conventional wisdom. It refuses to be shaken by contemporary competition and technological advances; it rejects an approach that has only assisted in extending the European Union’s horizons, and which, in their view, helps only pave the way for expropriation. It fears to be put in control of highly bureaucratic decision-making, by the EU and countries such as Britain. It is not interested in the management of Europe as a whole, and is adamant in upholding the second rule that a nation cannot be subjected to the executive ruling of the European Union.