The people of the United Kingdom voted in referendum yesterday for Brexit (British exit) or independence from the European Union (EU).
Unity is a wonderful thing when values and vision is widely shared and the burden and benefits are more or less evenly distributed.
But in the case of the UK in the EU, the vote for independence was anchored in the unsettling issues of mass immigration from the Arab Spring, the debt crisis of many of the poorer Southern EU states (e.g. Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc.), the decision of the UK to maintain their own currency (not accepting the Euro), and culturally (and language-wise), even though they all interact with each other, the UK has more in common with the US and Australia, then they ever had with Germany, France, and the rest of Europe.
It is really very understandable that the UK doesn’t want to lose their identity and sovereignty and just be another EU state–rather than be a unique, independent, and dominant entity of it’s own, charting their own course and driving their own fate.
While it’s great to a part of something bigger, sometimes being yourself is more important, and you can still interact with the rest.
No people should be forced to become a shadow of themselves, and if the call is for independence, then that is noble call even if it is inconvenient for those who would rather call themselves the EU.
Unity may best be by alliance rather than strict integration…one for all and all for each and every one. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)