By now it cannot be denied that Vladimir Putin is a gambler. It also cannot be denied that he has been remarkably successful in the gambles he has taken. His adventure in Syria has paid off much better than anyone could have expected – he has secured just the outcome he wanted, and has gained a huge amount international clout while doing so. And he continues to ride high despite his intervention in Ukraine, where, let us not forget, he has achieved what was supposed to be impossible in Europe in the 21st Century: he has annexed an entire province from another European country.
The centrifugal forces which a Brexit would unleash could easily see a number of other member states follow that precedentAzeem Ibrahim