The referendum on Brexit was a tough call for the UK government. This was a brave vote for the UK. They have done well and I applaud them.
I lived in the UK for most of my life, moving to Australia in 2009. I remember (just) what it was like before the EU and before the EEC. I do have a pair of rose tinted specs! And I do remember the 3 day week of ‘73.
There have been some amazing negative claims of all sorts over this vote, and that’s a shame. Being an optimist I tend to look of the bright side of life! I followed the campaign from afar (Australia) and in my heart of hearts I knew the UK was going to vote to leave. It was excitingly close.
So what happened?
The markets were spooked because they thought the UK was going to stay in. How come? They listened to these “experts” who spoke to other “experts”, who spoke to their friends who said “let’s stay”. They didn’t ask the man in the street!
When you look at the voting demographic, it is easy to see that these with degrees wanted to stay and those without wanted to leave. The older generation also wanted to leave. Did they remember what it was like before the EU? Before the EEC? Ted Heath took the UK into the EEC, a trading agreement, which was good except for the fact there was no constraints on the mission creep which came along. And that’s what upset the man in the street. It was bad enough with UK regulation and then to have EU regulation and bureaucracy on top, was the last straw. IF the UK had done its numbers right it would have known the vote would go against it. It wasn’t hard to see.
I read a number of articles explaining how and why they would vote and all said the EU needed reform. And I agree. The problem I see is the the EU bureaucracy is now so big and cumbersome that reform just wouldn’t happen because of its built-in survival mechanisms. Like FIFA, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt. And this is one way of doing it.
So what now? Two years (or so) of negotiations. Can the UK be better off outside of the EU? Yes. Will it? That remains to be seen, but I hope so.
I see it as a new breed of politicians need to step up and serve the people and the country rather than fight for power to rule. The kings and queens of old fought for the throne. Democracy was meant to bring in power to the people, to let the people decide, and here they did. Modern day democracy is a sham really – and that subject is for another day!
And what of the EU? There are already calls for referendums in other countries, France and Denmark.
And of the world? Life will go on, that’s for sure. Has the UK’s vote changed anything? I hope so. I hope other countries pickup that there are major disconnects between various groups in society. And these gaps need to be addressed, not only in the UK but in other countries (like Australia) also.
The other thing that this vote also shows, and some people’s reaction to it, is that society is not yet ready for a “One World Government”!