British PM Theresa May has formally notified the EU that the UK is out and done. Like everyone else on Earth, I don’t know what to expect for the future of the British people. Just as we in America have done with electing a government outsider with no experience in civil or military service, they’re taking an enormous chance.
There is clearly a worldwide movement against Globalization and toward self-determination at work. It’s just getting started too. I am supportive of this movement, both at home and abroad, because I have long been of the opinion that people should have as much control over their own lives as much as possible.
You can’t separate Brexit from Trump’s election and similar independence movements elsewhere. Yes, there is an anti-immigrant underbelly to it all. I maintain that this is driven by a sense that excessive immigration mostly serves the interests of powerful global and corporate interests, not those of the localities that absorb the immigrants. Even though many of us believe that immigration is a net positive for society, we are also leery about the wisdom of bringing in millions of people from the Third World who do not speak our own languages, don’t possess valuable job skills, and may not be willing to accommodate themselves to our culture or customs or laws.
It’s less about hatred of “the other” and more about people demanding that their own governments serve them, not outside interests that don’t seem to care about their own interests at all.
I suppose the question for this age is whether or not the global economy, with its inter-dependencies and massive migrations of people, is too complex for the people to determine and that they need skilled and knowledgeable (yet unaccountable) elites to make those decisions for them. We can’t yet say, but we are definitely going to find out in the coming years.
It’s my opinion that this is all for the best.