Post Brexit: The End of the National State

One thing that the Brexit clusterfuck showed us again yesterday is that people living on the countryside vote differently than those living in the city. Of course they do: The needs, wants and fears fundamentally differ on both sides. The issue however is that both sides form one united electorate within national borders.

Thing is: Neither side cares much for the other. I, living in Berlin, feel like I have way more in common with people in London, New York, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, than I have with people living in small towns just 150km away. Similarly, people living in a village in Saxony may feel like they have more in common with people living in small towns surrounding them. And that’s okay. That’s just how things are. But while I choose to live in a globalised world and they don’t, we are still in the same boat. But why? Why do Londoners have to suffer from the decision of the people in Yorkshire? And why do people in Yorkshire have to suffer from the decisions people make in London?

The solution to me seems blatantly obvious: We need to let go of national powers and make place for stronger communal, local decision makers, that would engage directly with strong international institutions like the EU (especially for dealing with issues like Global Warming). The middleman — The National State — has, in my opinion, run its course and become obsolete. We need to engage in the places we live but should not impose our views on people we don’t really know much about. And I think that this is also what a lot of Brexiters want: They want to live their life the way they think is right. What is wrong though is that they drag people along who clearly want different things because of borders that have been drawn centuries ago. The National State has to go.

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