If You Didn’t Know Anything About the Brexit Vote Then You Need to Make a Change
It isn’t your fault that you woke up this morning to news about something called Brexit and had no idea what was going on. We have had other things going on here in the United States that have filled the headlines and taken up the precious air time of our 24-hour news channels. The local channels are forgiven for their lack of information, they do what they do best and that is local news. However, somewhere you should have heard about Brexit before the panic of today.
I knew about it and I even posted a few times about it this week and before on my social media accounts, but then I have learned my lessons about trusting only one source for my news. I don’t depend on the home page of my Internet provider. I have learned to skip around between the news channels, even if I don’t share the same lopsided viewpoint that politics should take up 95% of their programming.
I have learned to look to varied sources for my information on national and world events, because not only am I curious, but it benefits me to know trends, news, economic outlooks, and other things that I can learn about simply by expanding my sources.
I’ll share with you that I believe newspapers are dead, unless you are seeking local news. Then they are terrific. However, if you want to be on top of everything then you have to bookmark various news sites on the Internet. Don’t limit yourself to the top news channels, but you do need to check them out. Expand yourself to those that are overseas like the BBC, or ITV, or those that do global coverage, like Reuters. Don’t be afraid to read editorial output, or scan social media for organic, raw news material.
Even if you never plan to step outside of your own city, you need to know what is going on around the globe. It expands your viewpoint. It makes you aware of why things happen where you are. It makes your world big and offers an important perspective and confirms that you aren’t the center of the universe.
So, back to the Brexit. It surprised almost everyone. It shocked investors. It pulled the rug out from under politicians around the globe. It was an unexpected outcome. Polls leading up to the days before the vote on the 23rd showed that the majority would vote to remain, not leave.
Leave? Yes, the Brexit is that — an exit from the EU. The European Union will no longer have Britain as a member. It won’t happen overnight, but it is going to happen. It is interesting to note that despite the fact that citizens of the UK voted to leave the EU, the British Parliament has the ultimate last say in the matter. They could decide to stay even though the people have voted to leave. However, those leading the government have said they’ll stand by the will of the people. Therefore, Britain will leave the EU.
One of the most important outcomes of the Brexit concerns Scotland, which is a part of the UK. Only a few months back the Scottish government had a vote to either stay or leave the UK. The majority of those in Scotland that voted to stay did so with the desire to remain a part of the EU. Now that the UK is leaving the EU, Scotland could once again vote on whether to stay with the UK. That means there is a very real chance that the UK will be breaking up.
The majority of the UK voted to leave the EU despite that their recovering economy could plunge into a deep recession. If that occurs, it will impact all major global economies. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is stepping down because he was so against leaving that he believes as he said that he “is NOT the captain to steer this ship into the future.”
A strong UK is important to the US. They are perhaps our strongest ally, and have been since before World War I. They are also important to us because they were a strong voice in a very big EU membership.
There are many reasons why the people of the UK wanted to leave or stay in the EU which included job opportunity, economic policies, immigration, and more. I encourage you to care and learn more about it. It matters.
As the UK woke up this morning the world was already in a panic. Before the stock market opened in London and in New York, trouble was brewing. If you watched any news today then you saw the events unfold. Keep in mind though that the world was in a panic because they expected a different outcome, despite that the UK voted in majority to leave the European Union.
I saw on television condescending news reporters walking around on the streets of the US asking people if they knew about the Brexit. Few did on one channel, no one did on another. The reporters acted like the silly Americans were more concerned about what Kim Kardashian wore yesterday or whether Taylor Swift and Tom Huddleston are really dating. Those silly Americans that don’t know what is going on beyond celebrity news is what they portrayed on the screen.
Yet, whose fault is it that their audience didn’t know anything? I saw nothing at all in the days leading up to the EU referendum vote in the UK on our top news channels. I only saw those that have strong global or UK coverage talking about the vote.
So, if you didn’t know anything about the Brexit vote until today or you hadn’t heard anything until now, then don’t blame yourself, you trusted your favorite news source. However, now that you know better, don’t remain comfortable. We can’t risk not knowing what is going on around us. We have a lot at stake each and every day and in our democratic nation we have voices, we can vote, we can discuss, we can learn, we can speak our opinions, but we need to have our own, not be on repeat of what others tell us to think.
Because men and women have fought for our right for that freedom, and still do, and because there are those that hate us for the very reason that we have freedoms, it is important that you know what is going on in your own backyard and around the globe. Don’t trust one source. Don’t listen to one opinion. Don’t hide your head in the sand and expect someone else to make sure things are going to turn out right.
This world and the one we have tomorrow is your responsibility. Learn. Know. Learn more. Speak. Take action. Make it happen.
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