Brexit and Bust?

June 27, 2016, Prescott- One of the lessons that I have had to learn, three times, is that there are consequences to ill-planning, and even more to no planning at all. For this very reason, I have seen fit to go back to working full-time, come August.

It is coming to light that the advocates of Britain’s exit from the European Union had no coherent strategy.  This raises the old adage, “Be careful for what you wish; you might get it.”  Pandora and her box  also come to  mind, but you get my point.  Here, we have an entire nation that must abide the consequences deriving from the seeming whims of a slender majority, of a minority of registered voters.

I will have more to say about the devaluing of men, in a coming post.  The larger issue here, though, is that, no matter what a nation seeks to accomplish, its chosen leaders need to plan, to strategize in advance.  To be fair,  recent American leaders have not been paragons of strategy, either.  Passing a law, with no clear understanding of its terms, is not an example to offer up to the British, or anyone else.

I admire much about the United Kingdom, and its four distinctive indigenous communities.  I would like to spend some time there, within the next ten years, (along with several other countries).  It would be well if I do not go and find a wreck.  In order to avoid such, here’s hoping that the British stick to their present notion of taking their time with the actual exit.  It does not have to adhere to the German ach schnell!  Rather, the possibility of admitting to an expensive mistake, enacting reforms that would bring  a real sense of worth to the average middle class British worker and further reforms that give the common European a sense that the Union belongs to the people- these are the things that would have obviated the “Brexit” in the first place.  People who feel like they matter, have no problem accommodating newcomers.  People who feel ignored, are fodder for demagogues, and for nativism, whose repercussions they have scant understanding.

This shall be a nerve-wracking, but nonetheless fascinating learning curve, for the British people, and for us all.

15 thoughts on “Brexit and Bust?

  1. Fortunately there are a couple of ‘outs.’ This Brexit vote was to begin the process of negotiating the UK leaving the European Union. That process include acceptance votes on the part of the EU countries and on the part, again, of the UK, accepting the terms of the ‘divorce.’ At either of these points, the process can be halted.

    Brexit seems to be a major wake-up call for the United States — the exhortation to ‘be careful what you wish for ~ ~ ~’ is particularly important in this politically divisive year. We all need to be particularly aware of how we are voting — there were too many people in England who said that they didn’t understand the implications of their vote — and we need to make sure that others do not fall for the divisive rhetoric being spouted by both sides of the campaigns this year.

    • You have it in a nutshell, Janet. David Cameron is, almost belligerently, insisting that the process MUST go forward, no matter how many of his countrymen want otherwise. This makes me wonder what his intent was, all along.

      • I have interpreted Cameron’s remarks as saying that he’s not coming back, and the process that was chosen by the majority should go forward. I think he was truly shocked, and took this vote as a ‘vote of no confidence.’ There’s not much likelihood that the process will be completed, with the two ‘outs’ I mentioned above, and the voters have perhaps learned their lesson, but I, too, believe that the process should go forward — tell the EU, begin negotiations, submit to two levels of voters. I’m sure it will stop somewhere along the line!

        Again, I think the whole thing is a strong wake-up call for the US, and a warning to be careful what we wish for, an exhortation to look beyond the surface and think about our votes!

  2. self determisminism is nice. it’s like finally fighting the bully win or lose because of respect… you can lose but so what you can have self respect. also the shorter term bandaid of this can mean a spike in the value of of the gbp which means money is hard won but now is worth more maybe soon. of course terms of exit and teriff’s trade etc, bad longer term deal but, self derterminism is a painfully won thing for some. nothing worth having is without some price.

  3. I’ve read a lot about this and I can’t say I understand the issues that brought the UK to this moment. I can’t understand what’s brought the US to these two candidates.

    • I will say this: There has been enough elitism and disrespect for the average person, nationwide and across the globe, to contribute to any number of misdirected responses. Like children, newly-empowered citizens are going to make missteps, but the end result has to be that “We, the people” take charge of our affairs, in a far more responsible manner than has been the case, up to now.

    • JR — I think a lot of it is the same sort of dissatisfaction with the way the country is going that we see in our country, largely brought on by rhetoric and misunderstanding, and by global change (in-migration). He who speaks loudest wins — be careful what you wish for — two good sayings to remember!

  4. I agree with the people feeling like they are being ignored. It makes them do desperate things. Don’t know about the exit but don’t feel it is terrible to shake the status quo sometimes. A new beginning can be good or bad. Yikes!

    • So much is done in haste. While many feel the Brexit should be carried to its completion, I see it as likely to end with “death by a thousand cuts”, as legal maneuvering delays it until everyone just says “forget it.”

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