'Brexit' Vote a Turning Point for Britain and European Union

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Pro-Brexit flags fly from a fishing boat moored in Ramsgate on June 13, 2016.  (Photo: Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images)

British voters will go to the polls next week to decide whether their country should remain in the European Union. The vote has come to be known as "Brexit" -- shorthand for Britain's possible exit from the EU -- and will be a crucial turning point in Britain's future and that of the already troubled European Union. Supporters of Brexit argue that the country is weighed down by the EU's bloated bureaucracy, while opponents of the move say that leaving the EU will come at a heavy economic and political cost to Britain. We take up the debate.


Alan Soady, political correspondent, BBC

Sir Michael Leigh, senior fellow, German Marshall Fund; former director general for expansion of the European Union

John Fonte, director , Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute