Brexit? What is it? No, it’s not just a word that rhymes with that sentence. In fact, if people knew what the answer to that question was, there would be no need for this article, since it would not be relevant to our peace of mind. Alas, ‘tis not the case.
Now, as you have probably guessed, it has something to do with Great Britain, hence the ‘Bre’ part. Mind-blowing, I know. It also has something to do with an exit of some sort, but to be honest, this is all very self-explanatory. It’s the other stuff that is totally bonkers, as they say over yonder. But fear not! Here is all the inside scoop on a truly intelligent decision made by yet another Etonian wannabe when he was, how to put it, not exactly in his element. As a backstory to that little titbit, this is the very same guy who got caught selling weed before his exams, but no need for alarm, he has since then admitted to his actions, and ‘’has not’’ done it since. Except maybe when he promised a referendum.
So, to start off, why not answer the question apparently 52% of the country does not know the answer to. What is the EU? Well, to keep it short, after WW2, a bunch of European countries decided that it was a fantastic and revolutionary idea to unite in an economic and political partnership, which later on came to mean open borders, uniform regulations, a ‘common’ currency, and basically, to make it fair, giving all the authority to Brussels. In case it wasn’t clear, one of the aforementioned points is one of the many reasons Britons want out. The euro. You know, cause they use the pound. Like euro isn’t a way cooler name for a currency than pound.
But the question remains, why quit. Well, essentially, the UK didn’t really appreciate a bunch of sissies in the Continent ‘telling’ them who can go in and out of their country, and ‘robbing’ them of their money. As Mr. Brexit himself, Nigel Farage, oh so cleverly said : the £350 m that the UK sends to the EU each week could instead be spent on things like the National Health Service (NHS) instead. In fact, his whole party thought they were such geniuses for doing this math, they even put it on a bus. No really, they did. Then they got rid of the bus. And the website. It is now a blank page that says ‘Thank You’. Oh Nigel.
And now to one of the roots of the problem. Immigration. Yeah, some Brits just ain’t about that life. Since the UK has drawn in a tirade of EU migrants, notably since the expansion of the EU to include a couple Easter European countries, those previously mentioned haters decided that instead of anger management or just deal, they would put all that energy into the UK Independence Party (or UKIP). So, ol’ Dave here got his panties in a twist, and while ‘not’ under the influence of his earlier pleasures, or maybe just upset because his fave team Aston Villa was doing poorly. Pardon, West Ham United. Long story short, David Dimbleby said if he was reelected, he would hold a referendum. He was.
Now, you may be wondering, why stay, or in case you consider yourself an intelligent human being, why leave? Well, stay, because EU membership is good for the economy. Membership of the free-market means cheap imports. 50% of British exports go to the EU. Other world powers like the UK are more likely to trade with a block like the EU, than a sole nation. European criminal, passenger records and intelligence exchange are vital for counter-terrorism. More companies establishing businesses in the UK, because English. That means more jobs. Leave, really only to control the borders. Ah and of course to get the money back and spend it on services for the people, like NHS. Leave so Britain can regain its status as a world power, without realizing it doesn’t exactly rule over half the world anymore.But all that’s in the past. The decision has been made, and it was to leave. The question to ask, is what now? Could they still back out? Technically, yes. The referendum is not legally binding, and parliament could quite simply decline it. Many seems to think though, that that would be undemocratic. It really wouldn’t. The British democracy doesn’t exactly include decision making via referendum. The people elect who they want to represent them, and those in turn make the decisions. However a more likely outcome might be a presentation of the terms of an exit, and putting up those terms for debate before triggering Article 50 (which is the fancy, and legal mind you, way out). To be honest, it is easier on the mind to just wait it out. The UK government is a mess of children who all want to prove that they got their money’s worth with their education and make big, important decisions. They dug the hole for themselves, so they are gonna have to be the ones to get themselves out of it. That’s all there is to it. So until the day of a formal exit does or does not come, we can just sit back, since there is no telling when, or if at all, that will be. But hey, there’s always November 8th to look forward to.