Brexit: At Last, Democracy Prevails. What Now?

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A brief look at the recent referendum in the UK.

Submitted: June 26, 2016

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One may rightly submit that the ultimate decision made by David Cameron to hold a referendum, in regards to whether the UK should remain or exit the European Union, [Hereinafter EU] was a blatant attempt to elevate and promote his legacy as Prime Minister.

Unsurprisingly, the decision to hold a referendum on the UK’s status in the EU has left the UK in turmoil. The ‘brexit’ convincingly triumphed. The Prime Minister accepted accountability and resigned with immediate effect.

It has often been argued that the EU is opaque and distant from its citizens. The former London major Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage religiously supported the vagaries of the UK becoming an independent state per se. The former UKIP leader has continuously submitted that UK citizens lack any real understanding of EU activities. Moreover, Farage assailed the idea of democracy and instead suggested a nuance between the democracy enjoyed in the UK and the one at EU level. To this end, it is this lack of understanding and democracy deficit that has undoubtedly caused UK citizens to vote out of the EU.

UK citizens have made their thoughts loud and clear. In return, a sustained period of uncertainty, instability and confusion is guaranteed.

Promises made during the brexit campaign in regards to investments towards the NHS and stricter rules on immigration are now being retracted. Officials from the brexit campaign promised that there would be no urgency to trigger Article 50 TEU. Again, despite such promises, the EU’s leadership has demanded and urged Britain to activate Article 50 TEU as soon as possible.

Activating Article 50 TEU will formally notify the UK’s intention to withdraw and automatically starts a two-year clock for negotiations between the remaining 27 nations. After the two-year period, the treaties that govern membership to the EU will no longer apply to the UK. Importantly, the EU’s Legislations governing the free movement of goods and persons within the EU will also cease to exist.

All in all, the vote to leave the EU has caused unrivalled anger and political meltdown within the two prominent parties in the UK.

Ultimately, the vote to leave has created a social divide between the young and the elderly. Many argue that those who voted to leave the EU based their decision on xenophobia beliefs. Despite such difficulties, it is reasonable to conclude that UK citizens ought to accept and aptly support the notion of democracy within a liberal state and hope for the best.

Cedric Tresor Oulai




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