Nearly two weeks ago, British voters chose to leave the European Union, sending a shockwave of uncertainty throughout the world. Since then, the media has pelted readers with analyses and reviews, slicing and dicing distributions of demographics, social classes and attitudes in an attempt to explain what seemingly simple "yes" and "no" votes really meant, and why they had been cast. No one seemed prepared for the outcome Britain got, not even, apparently, the Brexiteers themselves. And indeed, it is perplexing to realize how different today's discussions would be if the "remain" camp had won. Its opponents breached the 50 percent requirement for a win by a mere two points -- a slim margin, but more than enough in this case to make a world of difference. But perhaps the most surprising thing to come out of the Brexit vote is the surprise itself, among British voters, European leaders and observers...
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