The reaction to the British vote to leave the EU focuses heavily on the money.

It will cost Britain jobs. The Pound is getting pounded. The EU will extract a price as bureaucratic retribution.

Britain shot itself in the economy. The departure allegedly will destroy young people, female workers, the arts, science, universities and students, just about everything else British, and even …. Massachusetts!

The pre-vote analysis summed up the issues broadly as follows: “Remain” voters focused on the economy, while “Leave” voters focused on immigration, sovereignty, loss of control to the EU bureaucracy.

I’m not going to read too much into this for the U.S. presidential election, even if some liberal writers are besides themselves with fear.

As I kept reading the dire Brexit economic warnings, the lines from the Jesse J. song “Price Tag” kept popping up in my mind:

It’s not about the money money money
We don’t need your money money money
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the uh cha-ching cha-ching

Maybe Brexit wasn’t about the money, or the price tag.

What is the price of freedom and independence?

Whatever it is, for a majority of Brits, it’s a price worth paying.

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