Friday, 17 June 2016

Brexit boom or gloom, the long awaited vote

Britain's place in the world. It's less than an hour flight from London to any of the European capitals including Brussels. Britain is bordered on it's East  with France, Netherlands, Denmark. To its far North is Iceland to the extreme West is Canada and the United States and to its immediate safe is Spain and Portugal

It is getting close. In a week, Britain will decide if it wants to stay part of the European Union or be completely independent of the supranational state and Brussels once and for all. Whatever the British people decide on June 23rd, it will have ripple affects for Britain, EU and the wider world. British Prime Minister David Cameron has tried to convince the wider public that it would be better for society and the economy to stay part of the EU. The type of financial and economy infrastructure that would have to be readjusted and reformed is immense. Some economic analysts have suggested that a Brexit would be economically and financially disastrous in the same way that the independent Scotland movement was pushed into a corner in backing off its fully blown independence vote in 2014. Many other politicians and journalists are also arguing against a British exit for the EU as it would lead to a lot of economic and political uncertainty. A Parliamentarian has already lost their life on Brexit issue. Jo Cox, Labour MP representing Birstall, West Yorkshire was stabbed and shot to death in her constituency by a British nationalist, a 52 year old man. The assassin shouted, "Britain First." Cox's death has shocked the country. 

Independence Archipelago: Part of Europe but on its own terms

Britain in particular has been arguing against staying in the EU for years. It's a combination of geography, politics, history and culture. Despite having been conquered by continental Europeans for most of its history going back to at least Ancient Rome and even Greece, Britain is fiercly independent minded. Similiar to other island nations, Britain's politics, culture and language developed differently from Europe. Although the isle is close to Europe, London and Brussels are as different as night and day in terms of size, politics and culture. London has often competed with other capital cities for the title of the greatest city in the EU and the wider world. Ordinary British people d not like the idea of having to always go along with the other 27 member states on international issues especially migration and finances. Britain's dying influence in the world isn't overlooked.

For nearly a thousand years, England and France have been sparing and fighting with each other for super power status across the European continent. Britain and France have been competing empires across the world always trying to out do each other in economic might, sports (English fans have been tearing up different French cities during the past week), military and weapons supply, language prestige in international organizations whereas French used to be the prime language of diplomacy, cultural relevance and so on. However, Britain and the EU are gearing up.

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