See EU: Thoughts on Brexit

This on Brexit, was probably the referenDOOM with the most unexpected outcome. A deeply divided Britain voted to leave the EU. Nobody really knows what will be the consequences of this choice, the only certainty is that there is a lot of uncertainty and no matter which side you are on, if you are a British or a foreigner that lives in the UK, your life is going to feel a lot more precarious for a few years. The 2016 in general has been a difficult year for the EU, this undemocratic, ineffective rigid block of countries has been challenged by meager economical growth (as a result of its own over-bureaucratization and idiotic austerity/anti-growth policies), waves of migration (instigated by Merkel), and sanctions against Russia (which was the main export market for several EU states). In other words the EU seem to be the victim of itself, the consequences of its short-sighted policies are coming back like a boomerang, always hitting the EU on its teeth.

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All this has triggered the rise of nationalism in most EU states, including the UK. People feel uneasy because they are being punished with austerity measures for a financial crisis that wasn’t caused by them. Ironically, the creators of the financial crisis are being rewarded with easy money and the certainty that no matter how much they screw-up, they will always be bailed-out with taxpayers money. People feel that their governments and the bureaucratic machine in Brussels, are disconnected from their reality and are more worried about stabilizing the markets and inflate the value of equities (that only rich people own) rather than improve the quality of life for the middle class.

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The escalation of this sentiment coincided with the massive influx of migrants. It has to be said that the EU is being blamed for it even if it was Merkel (without asking for the opinion of German people or other states in the EU) that invited everybody in. Probably it was the worst moment ever to have a referendum about Brexit right in the middle of the migrant crisis, but at the time, David Cameron could not have known that it would get this ugly. The EU itself also failed to understand the concerns of its own people and did very little to help Cameron in the attempt of reassuring the British electorate. Instead, they pointed everything on fear-mongering, telling people about the negative/apocalyptic scenarios of Brexit while doing little to remind people of all the benefits that Brits enjoy by being in the European Union. In my opinion, each state should have had a referendum before entering the EU, this would have legitimized the whole thing. It took years for our economies to adapt and leaving the Union without a clear plan could be very disruptive. The EU will always be a major trading partner for the UK for historical and geographical reasons, and for the British it would be easier to change EU policies from within the Union rather than from outside. Personally I would have preferred to see a “remain” vote win. Sadly, if that was to happen, life in Brussels  would be back as normal, and the European Elite would be back deciding the future of Europe behind closed doors rather than having to face national parliaments and the scrutiny of the press (even the very domesticated arse licker press we have today).  Probably the only good news for all the British that voted to remain is that the EU has a very bad track record about national referendums, let’s say if they have a plan in mind they implement it regardless of what the people vote for (eg. referendum about austerity held in Greece), therefore there is a very high chance that UK will be still part of the EU afterall.

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