It’s true: despite the many negative connotations, Brexit has become a buzzword. Whilst those living in Britain may be (mostly) clued up as to the full extent of the concept, many others residing in other parts of the world are left wondering: what on earth is all the fuss about?
On June 23, 2016, the nation was asked to vote on a very important issue. The European Union: should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or should the United Kingdom leave the European Union? Or in other words, Britain and Exit, Brexit.
The nation voted yes.
Yes Or No
Those who voted in favour of the most notable divorce of the century brought many valid reasons to the table for discussion, perhaps most importantly, restoring the country’s identity. In essence, the United Kingdom’s culture and overall place in the world. The true matter at hand, then: immigration.
The other side of the coin, obviously implying the opposite. Live and let live and hopefully reap the benefits of the effects on the British economy despite the floodgates being open to all and sundry. Obviously, whether we like it or not, ultimately, its quality of life and the money that has the capacity to improve this, that matters, and not everyone is lucky enough to be well off, or to have won big playing online pokies. Those experiencing greater difficulty and with fewer resources at their disposal in general, were the ones wanting to leave the Union.
In many ways this stood to good reason and was actually to be expected. Those who feel like the outcasts of society are generally more likely to start a revolt against who they deem to be the elite. Not only that, but also who they deem to be sapping what they consider to be already dwindling resources.
No Fans Of Europe
Interestingly enough, neither side even once cited their reasons for wanting to stay or go as even remotely based on the European Union being an admirable institution, or not. This reflects something truly British: that the rest of the world is very alien indeed.
And really, who wants a bunch of aliens running around, tapping into scarce resources in the first place?
What’s more, when considering that the European Union isn’t exactly the image of a picture-perfect identity in itself, bouncing around between various high-crisis issues, it’s no small wonder that the lure to stay just simply isn’t a force to be reckoned with. Many Brits contend that, put simply, Europe isn’t living up to its promises. Absorbing migrants and bailing out poorer economies simply aren’t priorities that those living off social security in their own countries are willing to deal with any longer.
But What Next?
There seems to be a general consensus that leaving the arms of the European Union is bound to have extreme financial implications for Britain, at least in the short term. The annoyance of migrant workers aside, a mass exodus could ultimately lead to lower productivity and quite ironically, decreased job opportunities.
Bargaining on the short term nature of extreme implications seems to be the only real recourse that remains.