Brexit Means Ostracism?

No one (or at least as far as I can tell) can quite appropriately explain the implication of the inevitable Brexit. Yet, the Nigel’s has today decided that they will no longer be a part of the European Union. Yup, the United Kingdom has told EU to fuck themselves and leave them in the cold.

So what does it really mean for us? Virtually, maybe nothing. Economic growth and other commerce related implications are the only thing that I can so far understand will come as some sort of “consequences”. Even those implications are so minor, that the decision of leaving or remaining  in the EU doesn’t really matter that much. I might misunderstood this, but from what I understand so far, that is the case.

So what does Nigel’s decision really mean to us then? What does it tell us?

Well, maybe something related more towards diversity than economics.

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You see, one of the main driving factors for the Nigel’s to vote themselves out of the EU is Immigration regulation. Similar to Trump’s paranoia about immigrants taking the “American Jobs” or in this case the “British people’s jobs”, much of the older Nigels, led by the Independent Party (UKIP) and the guy that has an even worst hair than Donald Trump (Boris Johnson) has successfully spread ostracism in the form of “British Independence”.

Quite a “left-behind mentality” for a country that becomes one of the icon for the global citizenship dream.

The exit will open ways for tougher regulations towards EU workers and a more “independent” safety regulations towards anyone who doesn’t have a British passport.

Oddly enough, this decision was followed by Boris Johnson being booed on the streets of London, showing signs of resistance towards the already decided and imminent exit.

This sort of reminds me of the “Trump effect” where everybody seemingly hates him, but he leads the nomination anyway.

Democracy then, is not as simple as a verbal agreement between the public and the media. As loud as an opinion can be in the mainstream media, the opinion that counts are those in the ballots.

All these, sort of brought me back to reality, in realizing that we are not as developed as we thought we were. We are still very much conservative in many ways, and Brexit has just gave us that very reminder yet again.

The older generation, the old values and prejudice, has still somehow cling onto us and remain the driving factors of our society. Racial-driven decisions, it seems, does not only happen in a developing countries like Indonesia or Philippines but still also very much happening in a so called developed countries like the US and the UK.

That being said, we are not left in desperation. The data that I saw earlier today, outlays how younger Nigels has voted for the UK to remain in the EU. This willingness to remain in the EU declines as the age gets older, showing that liberal thinking and societal inclusion is more popular as the generation grows.

Of course, immigration is not the only driving factor for most of the Nigel’s decision, but the campaign that they brought upon really opened my eyes regarding the current state of our society. Tolerance and respect in seems, is only available due and only if self interest is fulfilled, even if that might means eliminating other people’s chances.

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. – Margaret Thatcher

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