Analysis by Luke McGee, CNN

Britain was a very different place in 2006.

Tony Blair was Prime Minister, the financial crisis that would go on to devastate the global economy had yet to arrive, and a member of parliament named Boris Johnson was eyeing up a run for mayor of London as the Conservative party’s liberal, pro-European candidate.

Taking the reins as the new leader of the Conservatives after the party fell to three successive election losses, David Cameron — another pro-European — pleaded with its members to stop “banging on about Europe” and focus instead on “the things that most people care about.”

A decade later Cameron, by then the Prime Minister, put his money where his mouth was, and gambled everything on a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union — betting that nobody outside Westminster cared about Europe. He was wrong.

That vote — five years ago Wednesday —…

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