4 reasons why people voted for Brexit and how to keep thinking global.
The political debate around Brexit started long before the actual referendum. In this article we’ll explore the reasons behind the Brexit vote, what could have swayed the British public to vote to leave the European Union and, how to keep thinking globally and be a citizen of the world regardless of Brexit.
Although the Remain campaign tried to center the debate on the economy, immigration was a key factor in the decision-making process of many voters. Having seen the terror attacks in Europe and being bombarded with images and warnings of a migrant crisis many voters thought of the EU as a potential source of migrant-driven calamity.
Safety, preservation of British values, and a failure to secure a strong border control meant that the vote to leave seemed the only choice to stop the impending doom of the UK.
The Leave campaigners argued that that EU regulations are too many and should not be set for the whole single market, they stifled British innovation, competition and growth. However they failed to mention that Brussels’ rules allow countries to maintain their own rules to have highly or lightly regulated economies.
3. EU fees
The amount of British contribution to the EU budget sparked another debate. Politicians were arguing about the net or gross figures, and both sides were throwing numbers at one another.
In fact, the whopping £18bn advertised by VoteLeave doesn’t look so huge after subtracting the rebate and the amount of money reinvested in the UK: £8.5bn. It’s just more than 0.6% of gross national income, yet many voters were convinced that this cash will be reinvested into the overstretched public services, like the NHS.
4. Relic of the past with no future
The UK had the privilege of not being involved in any war taking place on its territory for more than 70 years. Most of the people who remember the horror of the Blitz are not around anymore, and the fear of the continent falling back into chaos has faded away significantly.
This is why cooperation between countries does not seem like a necessity now. Some may even claim that large blocks of states working together have become obsolete with the technological change and thus we must now focus on advancing our own cause rather than working towards a common aim together.
How to stay global
In the world of ubiquitous divisions, hatred and fear, where the mainstream media paint a picture of a broken world, riddled with many diseases, problems and wars, it is increasingly difficult to escape the mindset of separation.
Nevertheless, we would encourage you to think different.
We believe that, with the aid of modern technology and break-through advances in communication and collaboration, it has never been easier to work with people all over the world to achieve common goals.
If you look behind the headers and click-bait links of the news, you can find tremendous opportunities of cooperation and inspiring examples of innovative and smart solutions to everyday problems.
There are people who crowdfund for community-oriented projects and non-for-profit causes. There are people who wish to see sustainable businesses with global outreach and multinational possibilities.
Are you one of those people? If so, don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo and expand your horizons worldwide. The world is too much of an exciting place to sit in a permanent stagnation and be anxious of the future.
Grasp the opportunity and become a global leader! The success is closer than you think.