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Brexit continuously shows us international laws are not as stable as we thought

By Oonagh Fitzgerald      

Those of us watching from outside should learn lessons about the fragility of the international legal order, the trickiness of managing referenda, and parliamentary democracy’s failings when pushed to its limits.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured in the British House of Commons, is seeking a delay for at least three months to pull the country out of the EU as she attempts to once more get her Brexit deal approved by Parliament again. Screen capture image courtesy of YouTube

WATERLOO, ONT.—As the world watches Brexit unfold from afar, they must shudder in recognition of potential issues closer to home. Brexit shows us that the web of international treaties that binds nations together is more complex and less stable than we might ever have imagined.

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