The UK’s choice to leave the EU will have a huge impact on the European Union and the rest of Europe. We’ll keep you up to date with how Europe is reacting to this historic change, what political ramifications Brexit has led to, and European attitudes to a nation that has said a resounding ‘No’ to European integration.
LEAVE.EU INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS
ELITES POWERLESS TO IMPEDE THE NATION STATE
The historic decision made by British voters on 23 June 2016 sent shockwaves across the continent. As usual, scared European elites rallied behind an ever-weakening Angela Merkel who warned that the United Kingdom could not be seen to be coming out of the negotiations on top. Easier said than done when the European project is falling apart at the seems, even if the British prime minister has done her very best to cede to Brussels at every turn. But even May’s complicity with the EU cannot alter the onward trajectory of European politics towards greater self-determination and defence of the national interest. The globalists point to the ascendancy of Emmanuel Macron as proof to the contrary, but much like David Cameron, he was elected on an EU reform platform that he has failed to deliver on and his polling numbers are now tumbling.
DISSATISFACTION IN THE POPULACE
It’s not surprising that with an ongoing migrant crisis dominating the minds of people all over the continent and the extreme austerity measures imposed upon Greece and Portugal by the EU, that there would be a growing wave of dissatisfaction amongst the population of the EU. Inspired by the bold action the UK took to reclaim its independence, parties and people in Austria, Hungary, Poland, France, Norway, Germany and most notably Italy have spoken up and demanded change.
REFERENDUMS RULE THE DAY
Recent surveys have shown that 40% of Austrians, 42% of Danes, 53% of French, 58% of Italians, 54% of Dutch, and 38% of Hungarians desired a referendum on their nation’s EU membership. Polling also showed that around half of Danes, Dutch and Italians would vote to leave the EU if they were presented with a referendum today. Now that the British public has succeeded in its own referendum, establishing in the process a precedent for how dissatisfaction at the grassroots can be mobilised to bring about change, it is certain that there will be a greater call for direct democracy on the continent.
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