Russia, China See Silver Linings After U.K.'s Brexit Vote

July 6, 2016 8:45 AM

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Russia, China See Silver Linings After U.K.'s Brexit Vote

Voters were warned that Brexit would be a political boon for Britain's traditional foes and rivals, and some early responses in Russia and China — glee, sarcasm and schadenfreude — suggest those predictions were right.

Prime Minister David Cameron said during the referendum campaign that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be "happy" if the U.K. decided to quit the European Union. His foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said that "the only country who would like us to leave the EU is Russia."

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