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Britain's EU Exit: What Comes Next?


World  (tags: europe, freedoms, government, UK, Brexit, EU, society )

John
- 533 days ago - npr.org
United Kingdom voters sent shockwaves across Europe and beyond with their vote to exit the European Union. The "Brexit" vote stunned the country's political elite, the financial markets and British bookmakers. It is going to be a big deal.



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John C (78)
Friday June 24, 2016, 6:20 am
Like a grand vision for the future the EU itself seemed to ignore what drives things like Brexit or the gains of right wing political parties in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as France. Should the UK withdraw there will be a cascade of unintended consequences for both the UK and the EU. The loss of the 2nd largest economy in the EU would be no small thing. Only two nations in the EU have a military able to defend the continent over long distances. The UK and France. Other EU countries will be encouraged to launch similar efforts in annoyance with what is seen as restrictive policies from Brussels which seem more focused on federalizing Europe than respecting cultural realities of its members. I see this as being the driving force behind the resurgence of nationalism across Europe.

I see the vote today in the UK as an outgrowth of this resentment.

If the vote is to remain, I see little chance that things will ever go back to the way they were. Where migration is concerned I tend to not think of this in terms that are presented by both news outlets or government statements. The term "migrant" carefully avoids the word "refugee". I personally see a big difference between migrate and exodus. The former precludes a choice has been made. The later removes choice and replaces it with necessity.

Economically both sides will be equal in the pain that comes afterward. Lots of doom and gloom predictions that I believe will be short lived. The UK and the EU stll need each other. A way will be found. The open border policy of the EU has shown itself to be a real security weakness making it very difficult for the EU to control the flow of people that mean to cause harm.

I was wondering what would become of the UK citizens that live in Gibraltar? Be a tough stretch there.

Also France and the UK have seats with veto power at the UN Security Council.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Friday June 24, 2016, 6:58 am
Thanks John
Some thoughts on the subject are raised in Brexit Is Happening, and This Is What You Voted for

And if one wants to know more? Well - "By their friends shall you know them!" See Donald Trump praises 'brave and brilliant' Brexit vote: ‘They took back control of their country’
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday June 24, 2016, 8:01 am
Gibraltar's turnout was 84% and of those, 96% voted to STAY IN the European Union.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Friday June 24, 2016, 11:55 am
Will the monkeys leave the rock?
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday June 24, 2016, 2:40 pm
Doubt it. . . their quality of life is such that that's WHY they voted to STAY IN the European Union.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Friday June 24, 2016, 3:30 pm
The monkeys had a vote??
If they don't leave the rock, the Brits will stay in Gib (and they'll be OUT), Darren!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday June 24, 2016, 3:39 pm
It's been a long day. . . didn't realize you meant the actual monkeys!!!
 

Evelyn B (62)
Friday June 24, 2016, 3:53 pm
:>D
 

Animae C (512)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 8:29 pm
Noted
Thanx John
 

Jacqueline Lockyer-Barrett (80)
Monday June 27, 2016, 1:19 am
Thank you!
 

Jacqueline Lockyer-Barrett (80)
Monday June 27, 2016, 1:19 am
Great Article!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday June 27, 2016, 4:48 am
Who really knows?
 

Roger G (154)
Monday June 27, 2016, 2:19 pm
noted, thanks
 

joanne p (47)
Monday June 27, 2016, 9:28 pm
ty
 

joanne p (47)
Monday June 27, 2016, 9:29 pm
ty
 

joanne p (47)
Monday June 27, 2016, 9:29 pm
ty
 

joanne p (47)
Monday June 27, 2016, 9:31 pm
ty
 
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