On paper, the differences between the U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s vote to leave European Union couldn’t be more pronounced. However, analysts warn that the two events have many of the same parallels and pitfalls.
Back in June, the U.K. shocked the world (and itself) by voting by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU, contradicting most opinion polls and pundits who had largely predicted a last-minute yet comfortable win for the “remain” camp.
The result was such a surprise that even those who voted to leave the 28-country economic and political bloc expressed their shock at the result. Some even expressed remorse, saying that their vote had only intended to be a “protest” against the EU, rather than a desire to see the U.K. throw away decades of intricate, complex and largely cordial relations with its continental neighbours.