The result of the UK Referendum of June 23 is irrelevant, as the damage to the European project has already occurred.
Great Britain wants to leave the European Union because the latter never became part of the British Empire. For Great Britain to stay, the European Union must recognize its supreme nature and provide satisfactory financial benefits as it were a faithful colony like India before Mahatma Gandhi.
The European Union will never become a British colony and the concessions granted to the UK by the European Union already go too far. Indeed, if Britain opts to stay in the Union, a new Treaty will be needed stating that all EU Members are equal and no Member is more equal that any other. If the Union cannot impose this and the UK cannot accept it, then it is meaningless to talk of a European Union with the United Kingdom as a part of it.
The situation as is with the UK enjoying special privileges at the expense of all the other Member States while it’s citizens are split fifty-fifty over staying or leaving, cannot go much further.
That Europe, will eventually disintegrate, no matter what, and the only chance for the European Union to survive will be to change, become transparent, democratic and fair to Member States and their citizens. While this is extremely difficult it should not be considered impossible.
If the UK leaves the Union, the slim chance that remaining member-states will band together in a more federalized vision of Europe is eclipsed by the danger of disintegration.
Furthermore, with France under François Holland marginalized, Italy and Spain under the threat of non-aligned leftist movements taking over and the leading political group of Europe facing serious internal problems, Germany has the space to maneuver into further cementing its near-absolute leadership of the European Union.
At this moment the only sensible choice for UK citizens is to vote to Remain. Yet the day after, problems between the UK and the European Union will be bigger than the day before the Referendum. However, the European Union will gain time to re-think and perhaps change to avoid the worst.