The Implications of Hazy Votes
A couple of days ago, almost everyone was shocked when BBC announced on Thursday 23 June 2016 that 51.9% of the UK votes were in favor of the UK leaving the European Union (EU). While Albania, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey are doing their best in order to move from being “candidate countries” to “members,” it is quite surprising that one of the EU’s most valuable assets suddenly decides to quit.
I truly do not understand how almost 18,000,000 people think that reestablishing barriers to travel, employment, investment, and trade is a good idea. In a world dominated by globalization, it is extremely important to be open to the whole world to some extent, but this extent is no longer present in the UK.
I believe that the main reason why voters have chosen to “leave” is the issue of immigration. Their point of view is magnified by the fact that high immigration has driven down wages for British workers and that it is impossible to control immigration as a member of the EU (BBC, 2016). However, even though the UK has quit from the EU, it will still have to accept some immigration.
I also believe that this “historical moment” will have some major implications on developed countries. In fact, after PM of Scotland’s speech, it’s quite predictable that Scotland is taking steps to leave the UK and stay in the EU after a referendum. Bretix is officially a threat not only to the unity of the UK but also to the economy after that “the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the [Bretix referendum] results” (BBC, 2016).
You know you’ve done something wrong when Donald J. Trump and Marine Le Pen congratulate you for doing it…