"The truth is that the referendum was reduced to such a crude choice that no one knows exactly what the majority voted for. Rather than encouraging an informed politics, it has made our system even more reductive.Whatever happens now, it will be messy - a referendum can’t resolve the deep national rift, but it can clear the pungent smell that has tainted the political air."

At a quick glance of Europe, we can observe how countries that should be at the forefront for technological and economic development seem to be regressing into an attitude of strong nationalism.