Brexit for the Brext of Us
For those of you just catching up now, on June 23rd, 2016, the people of the UK went to the polls to determine whether or not the UK should remain a member of the European Union. Despite expert opinion nearly universally skewing Remain, voters narrowly opted for the UK to leave, resulting in the so-called “Brexit”.
Why is it important?
For one, it has pretty big implications for international trade and travel, as well as immigration in the UK and the rest of Europe. At the very least, UK trade/travel/immigration laws need to be renegotiated with the EU since they will no longer apply to the UK as a non-member state. Beyond that, it seems like it’s fair to say that pundints aren’t sure what Brexit means. Here are a few early takes from experts interviewed by Politico:
In five years, there will no longer be a United Kingdom.
Both the EU and the United Kingdom will grow rapidly
Brexit could be a wake-up call, or “it could be 1933 all over again”
Why did it happen?
A few Brits decided they really didn’t like the European Union, most notably Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, and to a lesser extent, Boris Johnson, former mayor of London.
Part of the reason that people are so riled up about Brexit is due to the fact that Nigel Farage appears to be an unbelievable ass, perhaps something that is best captured in John Oliver’s incredible Brexit takedown. If that video is a little long for your taste, you might check Farage laying into the EU President back in 2010, or a more recent clip him gloating over Brexit in the EU parliament.
While they have not been properly vetted, there also appear to be a few delightful fanctions and recordings regarding the man:
While Farage might be the face of Brexit, the sentiment behind it runs much deeper and hints at rising nationalism and rejection of economic globalization and immigration not just in Britain, but throughout Europe. It’s anticipated that a number of other EU member states will submit their own membership status to popular vote in the coming months and years. In the US, it’s hard to miss the similarities of the Trump campaign and the Leave platform. Even Texas has taken note:
In the end though, it’s too early to tell what effects the Brexit vote will have in the years to come. So far, it’s been a lot of talk, confusion, and on a positive note, this:
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