Brexiting: What's in Store for the UK?

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Warning: Hot topic. These are strong views about the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Submitted: June 24, 2016

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Author's note: It was pointed out to me by a writer here that there were some errors in some of the things I wrote about. I have fixed those errors and attempted to explain myself more thoroughly so that my beliefs below are not to be thought of as baseless. I do apologize for that and if anyone would like to see my sources for my beliefs, I would happily provide them in a private message if you ask, as I am not sure if I'm allowed to post them here. 

 

 

As an American, I have to say I am hugely disappointed with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. As an American facing similar issues of nationalism and racism, I looked toward the UK as a leading example, a light in the sea of oppression in the world to show us that we can come together as human beings and help one another through this journey we call life. As a nation that was a thousand years in the making and is older than us, I had expected Britain to be evolved enough to lead by example. I fear the world is regressing and this action will spark other unfortunate global actions that cause fear, hate, and mistrust of one another.

The UK vote to leave was incredibly close but won out in the end it seems due to a majority belief that immigration was harming the citizens of the country, taking the jobs of hardworking individuals. Well, now you all have lost yourself tons of jobs! Your markets have crashed and the value of the pound has plummeted.

To those that voted leave: I have to wonder did any of you care to inform yourselves about what would happen once you left the EU? Or did you just listen to the reassurances of politicians with political agendas? Did you hear the apparent call of nationalism and let that blindside you? You all have hurt yourselves a great deal and not only that but allowed fear to guide you, thinking Yes, we’ll all happily stay inside our four walls of the country so nothing bad can happen to us.

Time and time again the masses have blamed  immigration as the basis of their problems but did you even check what is actually the root cause of those problems or did you allow the politicians to swindle your thoughts in that as well? You are trying to make “Britain great again” but do you even know what was wrong with it in the first place? Can any of you say that you are 100% informed what the leading issues facing you are? Can you admit that you aren't?

Did the leave campaign ever actually say how leaving the EU would stop immigration? Do you all honestly think any future leaders will allow that to happen? And do you really believe all these immigrants are taking your jobs? The majority of people feel miserable and want change but are blaming the wrong things and the wrong people. This decision will backfire. Scotland will leave and if the decision to stay out of the EU persists the UK will crumble and you will be smaller than you previously were.  

Whether you want to believe it or not, you could have used the new immigrants to repopulate to keep the country running effectively! Now as seen so many times before your economy will become even worse because you do not have enough young people to take care of the old or to work and raise the economy up. It is true that Britain's younger population has been increasing but that is due to migration. If the migration doesn't continue as it is today then there will be too many old to take care of, there will not be an effective replacement population to keep the economy thriving and growing. 

I admit I understand where you are coming from. Britain is an old and beautiful nation with thousands of years of interesting history that can make one feel nostalgic of old times come to pass. But old Britain was also very imperialistic and violent and has progressed tremendously. You think you will come out of this as a strong nation with a renewed identity but the fact is other countries are becoming major players in the global economy while you guys have allowed yourselves to become weaker by this decision.

You have allowed fear of those that you do not know to guide you. You have allowed those in power to take advantage of this fear and in doing so you have hurt a very proud nation. I can only hope that in the end you will all reconsider your decision and re-negotiate terms with the EU, if the EU will have you. Some decisions cannot be unmade. I can further hope that this decision doesn’t spark a trend of similar actions in other countries, like mine (Say Trump taking office for example).

The creation of the European Union was a brave sign of unity and a monumental moment that acknowledged  humanity’s willingness to cooperate and coexist with each other. Breaking apart from that unity feels wrong. 

 

 

 

 


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