Britain, what did you just do?


I have to say that the result of the Brexit-vote came as a surprise on Old Mamasan. I really did not see that one coming. I was certain that the “stay” side would win. I was wrong. The question is “What now?”

(What is Brexit? It is a term for UK leaving the EU, a blend of “British” and “Exit”)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and various MP’s have talked calmly about negotiations and finding good and elegant solutions all morning. And there is no doubt in my heart that that is what they will attempt to do.

 

 

But – there are 27 other countries on EU’s member list, so an elegant negotiation is certainly not guaranteed, and that both EU and UK will be happy with the terms and conditions in the end is highly doubtful. The other EU members are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

It should be clear to everyone that this list of countries represent a multitude of cultures, politics, ethics, history and economy, and to find a one cure to benefit them all must be near impossible. Some of these countries will be disgruntled. Toes will be stepped on. Perhaps that is why the vote resulted as it did in the first place?

Does the UK know what they just did? Nope. No one does. What effect will this vote have for the UK, for the EU, for the EEC and for the rest of the world? We don’t know. Will be an interesting voyage to follow.

Got to hand it to David Cameron though: this is Democracy. The people were given a choice. And the people are heard. The Brexit is on.

 

 

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32 comments on “Britain, what did you just do?

      • What will the absence of the British voice in the EU do for Norway in the EEC? There are great historic, cultural and commercial ties between our two countries, and I am sure those will survive, but in what direction will EU move?

        I’m sorry. I’m all questions and no answers today.

        More coffee is needed. Alot more coffee.

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      • Big questions that none of us yet know the answers to. I think some people here believe we can adopt a similar model with the EU to the one you have, but that is deluding themselves. The EU is hardly likely to let us continue as a trading partner after we’ve just told them we don’t want to be in their club any longer.

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      • The sad thing is that we have seen hard times, and the younger ones haven’t . I am not that old , but I saw enough to remember how bad it was. We have no variety of fruit and veg , so many other things. And losing David – last of a breed of good character prime ministers, good solid character. oh… I pray it works out well and we don’t lose what we enjoy today. I really pray

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  1. Well I don’t know what we did. But, then to be honest who ws what it would have looked like if we stayed. Apparently, Parliament can overrule if they want, but that will be political suicide. It is a shame we lose David. There are no political leaders that have the character. The character, the charisma, the weight, etc. Who know what we did – we will have to see what it means. But who know if we stayed – who know anything – I certainly cant predict the future.

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    • You know what you have – but you do not know what you’ll get.

      Was the choise INFORMED enough? With internet social media I find the information easily polluted by propaganda, so I am really concerned that the voters chose their ballots based on conspiracy theories, hate speach and false information.

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      • In all honest who can predict the future. Were we informed enough – well question mark. Were there political games being played – question mark. I think there was a lot of pollution and we also listen to the news and stuff, but I feel there wasn’t enough information for either view. BreXit is a vote on immigration – cause we are flooded and that what was the driver, did we get enough information on remain – well well well…. I think the information on both sides was poor. But who can predict the future for either view point. let us see what unfolds …. I not know what I feel …

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  2. Being in the U.S., I have not paid as much attention to this matter as is probably warranted, but sometimes I wonder if things like this are due to a populist movement that forgets to think things through completely. For example, I live in a state that allows the recreational use of msrijuana, and I was all for it at the time it was voted on. In hindsight, I don’t think it was the best move, because it brought about a massive migration of people to my beloved state.

    Anyways…just random thoughts I have, but I hope everything works out for the best.

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    • Thank you for your input. And I am kinda thinking long those same lines – was the choise that the voters were presented with informed enough? Or was it polluted by conspiracy theories, hate speach and propaganda? Were the votes cast in fear?

      This thought bugs me to no end!

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    • The sad thing is there has always been racism in this country, but it got quieter . But now. I know that many how do I say this PC – many British citizen of a non British decent voted BrExit cause of NHS and Schools being flooded. I grew up , here and was subject to racism at the age of 4 years old. Too many have seen the good times to know the bad times, and the lack of food choice.

      anyhow – let us see what is unfolds. Losing David is another blow.

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      • It’s absolutely awful, this is a massive, massive step backwards for the UK and potentially for the rest of the world if the French follow suit.

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      • Could David have done any diffrent when the vote is what it is? Can he comfortably stear the ship in the direction the people wants, when he wants to go the other way?

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      • This is where I think there was political pollution. David is great, but the party is split. Okay I am signing out of this conversation, we have to wait and see and pray it all works out

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  3. I’m not British, but this makes me sad. However, I believe in democracy. I wish the UK the best of luck. It’ll be a rough few years transitioning. Hopefully, the U.K. will cope well.

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  4. I’m seeing yet another demonstration of the polarization that exists in our societies globally. As we move into a more global economy, more dependence on one another for survival, economically and otherwise, instead of finding common ground and compromises, we’re taking the “my way or the highway” route. Seeing it in the U.S. Seeing it in the U.K. Change, however, will be slow and, hopefully, incremental.

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  5. My mind is still reeling, frankly. It scares me for the election looming here, with the whack-a-doodle Donald Trump having voters that look a lot like the British voters who voted “Leave”: older, whiter, uneducated. I am very worried about our collective future.

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