"Each time [Britain] must choose between Europe and the open sea, we shall always choose the open sea."

Winston Churchill to Charles de Gaulle in one of their most famous clashes during World War II.

PBS NewsHour foreign affairs editor Mike Mosettig writes: 

On Thursday night, British Prime Minister David Cameron seemed to assume a Churchillian mantle as he delivered a resounding no to the European Union accord aimed at salvaging the embattled common currency.