Brexit: Looking in from America

by Meghan Sullivan

The final decision of the “Referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union” (more commonly known as “Brexit”) has been reached by the people of the U.K., and the final decision to leave the E.U. was very close—52% to 48%. Though it’s not been a full 24-hours, the world is already seeing serious repercussions.  These range from the U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron stepping down, the stock market plunging internationally, the British Pound Sterling value plummeting, Scotland considering breaking from the U.K. to be part of the E.U., and countless other things. 
As an American, I am definitely shocked about the final results of this referendum.  Although I have to respect the people’s vote, I respectfully disagree with the U.K. leaving the E.U because it’s not just affecting the U.K., it’s affecting the whole world.  Additionally, I especially disagree because I’ve seen tweets from Donald Trump actively supporting Brexit, and, to me, that is not good: 
Besides the fact that he is absolutely wrong about Scotland going “wild” with celebrations, he’s supporting U.K. nationalism and the “taking their country back” mentality.  He has stirred up enough of that mentality here in America and to see it spreading like wildfire in U.K. is downright terrifying. 
We don’t need more ultra-right nationalists running countries in the world; this will only divide people further until people decide that another world war is the only way to “settle differences.”  To me, it feels like we have forgotten the causes of WWII and how ultra-nationalism can destroy an entire generation.  As a citizen of this world, I don’t want to see the consequences of a potential dismantling of the E.U. and a volatile nationalist Europe rise, once again. 

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