Opinion-Policy Nexus

It is the best of times (for France), it is the worst of times (for the United Kingdom), it is the age of wisdom (for Emmanuel Macron), it is the age of foolishness (for Theresa May), it is the spring of hope (for the French), it is the winter of despair (for the British). It doesn't require a great deal of imagination to see how France and Great Britain would be juxtaposed on these contrasts, some 160 years after Charles Dickens first penned this most famous literary introduction.

Put simply, the United Kingdom has become a political mess because of the monumental miscalculations of former prime minister David Cameron who triggered the Brexit referendum a year ago on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, and Theresa May in calling a snap election which she "couldn't lose," because of the ideological vulnerability of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The results of June 8 have put a lie to these calculations.

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