Op/Ed: Brexit, So what?

Op/Ed: Brexit, So what?

Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Many pages and analysis have been written and a lot more are to come on what pushed the majority of the British people to vote to leave the EU. I feel however, that once again we will examine it from the wrong viewpoint, distorting the true picture. Because if we really saw the whole picture we would have predicted the outcome, or at best would have avoided the process of the referendum taking place in Great Britain in the first place.

The West continues to make the same mistake over and over again. It analyzes and sees the facts from its own perspective and not from the perspective of realism and reality.

It is a known fact that the continuous failures at political and economic level of the Western nations against different societies, such as the Middle East, South America or Asia, come to show what I mention above. They have their eye on the goal but get lost on the way to achieve this, by operating with their own criteria, which more often than not are not the criteria of the others.

The choice of the referendum was not a decision of a single man, namely David Cameron, who is being blamed today by the majority of European leaders and a large part of the European media. Cameron heard the society, and as a true Briton, asked for their opinion.

Unfortunately, we cannot use the teachings of history only when we analyze an event, but continue to ignore it when we must make predictions. England has a greater tradition than the Europeans on parliamentarism. For more than five centuries before the French Revolution, England had the Magna Carta, which is one of the most important documents in the history of democracy and the rule of law. A country governed by customary and not written law, leaves many democratic foundations for letting others decide for them.

Britain, as the leader of the Commonwealth of Nations, has seamlessly incorporated many different races and cultures. As such, they do not fear migration as many want to ruminate. Those who have lived in Britain, even for a brief period, can confirm the tolerance to different and the respect for diversity. Britain is a melting pot of cultures and leader in the global community.

Finally, the UK, despite the problems it faces does not cease to be a strong economic country, with a language that dominates the world and a benefit system that serves as a mound in fending off social reactions.

As an island, isolated from the rest of Europe, Britain has learned to live alone and copes very well. It is a member of the most powerful organizations, NATO, UN, G7 etc. It has access to more than 50 countries within the Commonwealth of Nations and banks with global penetration.

Europe on the other hand did not understand, nor did it analyze the election results of the Greek referendum and the dissatisfaction in the peoples of Europe. The EU’s political leadership and a number of countries, if not all, have lost touch with the people. The decision makers live isolated from real life, where the European citizen is experiencing insecurity, unemployment, shrinking incomes, the loss of social benefits.

The Europe of prosperity has become the nightmare for the majority of European citizens. The obsessive position of Germany for hegemony in Europe through economic suffocation, which results in the policy of fiscal discipline, would soon blow in its face and the first bell was Britain’s exit from the EU.

The EU leaders isolated from the people, the journalists guided by their bosses, the greed of multinationals for even more profit, are all shamelessly pushing Europe to fragmentation.

To not get the message of a small country like Greece a year ago, which said no to EU policies, can be understood on the grounds that the effects (no one will ever know) would not have affected the EU. Britain, however, the fourth contributor to European budget with 13 billion pounds in 2014, and the 3 million Europeans who live and work in the UK, as well as the 1.3 million Britons who live in EU countries, will shake the foundations of the EU.

And judging from EU’s disposition – as can be derived by the first statements of EU officials – to maintain a punitive stance at the result, means unfortunately that European leaders have not yet learned their lesson and are pushing the EU towards dissolution.