Today's topic is a bit of a different pace. However, I wanted to research it because I knew it had a much bigger impact than it may seem to. For those of you who don't know, the Brexit is a recent decision by the United Kingdom(UK) to leave the European Union(EU). Our acquaintances over the pond decided they wanted to be free of their current arrangement with their neighbors.
It's not unlike when you join a club at school because they always end up ordering pizza and sharing. Except one day you realize that, although the group was nice, you weren't really into what they did, so you leave. If only there was a way to keep getting free pizza. That's a bit of a stretch I know, but the basic principal is that the UK no longer agreed with what the EU meant for them as a country.
I can understand how they might feel. The EU was established during a time where the best bet for rebuilding after a long and terrible war was to band together and let economies intertwine. Even with all of these benefits though, one can't ignore when people genuinely feel like it's best for them to leave. On the other hand, leaving does mean a lot of serious implications. Not just for the UK, but the entire world.
Does this mean that all will end poorly for us? No, not really. In fact, one could say that this is a perfect opportunity to study how this kind of move impacts the world in a digital age. A lot more is capable of being coordinated when you can exchange information more easily. While the economy will still take a major hit, and establishing trade with countries you basically just told to shove it is going to be very difficult.
Alright alright, the British aren't that stupid. However, I do think there is a problem to be seen in that one can never truly know all of the hurdles you'll face with an issue until you face it. I admire their capability to look towards the future and seek their own freedom, even through all of the hardships.
I can't really say for sure how this will go. I'm not a political scientist. Or an economist. Or even someone who really cares all that much about politics in this sense. It does present an interesting concept though: A nation state as it's own entity in the world. It's an important thing to a lot of us.
In fact, there are many who feel that the U.S. should leave the United Nations. Whether that's a good idea or not, I can't say. The only factors I know about this kind of idea are purely speculative and mostly philosophical and moral questions, and there are too many practical questions I'm completely unaware of to comment on. Yet the idea is still there, that a nation may have a time where it is beneficial for it to be part of a coalition, and times when it would be beneficial to be on its own.
I wish Britain the best in this move. Not because I agree with it, but because I can see a potential learning experience from it. So if any of my friends from across the pond happen to read this, please feel free to comment and let me know what you think about it. It would be interesting to get a real conversation going on what this means those who are directly involved in it.
Tally ho friends! Tally ho!