First off, congrats to the UK on escaping the EU. Having heard continental Europeans complain about how “that stupid little island” kept the pound, and knowing their attitude towards Britain* as a wayward nation that needs to be forced into the globalist amalgamation that is the EU, I’m glad for them. A lot of Britain knows exactly what it was leaving.
The Brexit map vote is kind of indicative of what you’d expect, as well.
It’s all the “middle England” regions that opposed the EU and supported UK independence. The bigger cities tended to support it (as big city thinking big city dwellers tend to lean more towards collectivism, and the non-British tend to migrate to big cities), and Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own reasons.
The internationalist leftist commentariat has already gone on to blame “uneducated, older, white” Brits for voting the EU out. Basically the same people they blame in the US. One political cartoonist drew a derby hat with “Make Britain Great Again” as his “all you need to know about Brexit”, combining the contempt the leftist ruling class has across the pond.
A whiner over at Vanity Fair crying about Brexit scribbled a piece called “how Britain was broken“… as though leaving the EU is a bad thing:
The shocking result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was something many had dreaded during the course of the 10-week referendum campaign, which ended abruptly in the early hours of Friday morning. The Brexit campaign, led by two conservative ministers, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, managed to overturn every expectation, while rejecting pleas to remain in the E.U. from everyone from President Obama to the International Monetary Fund. Internationally renowned Britons, from Stephen Hawking to Patrick Stewart, pleaded to stay the course. So did J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, and even David Beckham. But as the results came in—with Leave triumphing over Remain by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent—a period of bereavement began for many. There was so much to come to terms with.
So the arguments for joining the EU come from a leftist tyrant from the US, the internationalist cabal at the IMF, and a handful of celebrities who are immune to the effects of being jammed in the EU anyway? “Won’t someone please think of the celebrities?”
Der Spiegel called it “an act of self-mutilation“.
Brexit was a decision based on gut instinct rather than reason. The predominant sentiments in play were nostalgia, fear and a vague hatred of the establishment. On top of this comes a fear of foreigners that was deliberately stoked by Brexit strategists during the campaign — and that’s what makes this decision both sad and depressing.
Hey, Germany, how’s that investigation into the mass rape in Cologne committed by Muslim migrants going? Have you hushed that all up yet?
The internationalist left doesn’t get that things like Rotherham probably did tie into the vote – not out of some vague “stoking fears of foreigners” – but out of fear the way a fire in your kitchen does. It’s a problem that needs to be dealt with right now or the whole house will burn down. It’s not because the native population don’t like the newcomers for superficial reasons, it’s because they don’t like them based on the content of their character. And they also aren’t too fond of Europe making most of their laws, regardless of the percentage.
The crier from Vanity Fair:
Today, the city feels diminished in a particular way. We have suddenly lost our bloom, our joie de vivre as one of the undisputed capitals of the world. But the real loss is to our country and to Europe. As I explained to my Brexit friends in a blog post this week, I would be a very sore loser if we came out. “I will be in mourning for a project that was as brave and beautiful as anything in European history,” I wrote. And I am.
“Bereavement”, “dreaded”, “feels”, “mourning”.
The city he refers to is London. And if you want to enjoy your moral preening as a no-borders globalist, it’s probably wonderful to lick the boots of your bureaucrat masters in the EU for the sake of showing how much you’re willing to take it for the team. Only to that international globalist is rejecting European rule over the British a terrible thing. To most people in the West, it’d be a terrible thing if the leader of one of the “undisputed capitals of the world” started segregating women because he was a fundamentalist sexist throwback who’s friends with terrorists:
MANCHESTER, United Kingdon – Women were segregated from men at a rally addressed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday. Mr Khan was photographed addressing the crowd with men at the front and women at the back.
The rally took place in the Northern City of Manchester, which is home to a large Pakistani Muslim population. It was part of the ‘Stronger In’ Battlebus tour, currently traveling around the country encouraging voters to support British membership of the EU at next weeks referendum.
That’s the kind of thing that should cue you in to what the “stay in the EU” people are like.
The Mayor is a controversial figure in the UK not least because he is a close friend of Babar Ahmad, a convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist. Mr Ahmad was supported by Khan as he fought an eight-year campaign against extradition to the US to face charges of “conspiracy and providing material to support to terrorism.”
That’s what happens when you bring in people who don’t share your values as a nation. That’s also where the rejection of the EU comes from. It comes from people who still do hold British values and aspire to British virtues. The voters to leave often were older, and more ethnically British – and I would wager that much like in the US, it’s a matter of wanting to protect the successes of Britain and more specifically the behaviors and values and virtues that led to that success. If everyone arriving into Britain were hard-working, productive and believers in the generally Western virtues of equality and individual rights as well as protection of those rights, there wouldn’t have been a Brexit movement. Of course, the EU is fundamentally opposed to individual rights, as it’s one huge nation of legislation without representation when some faceless unelected EU bureaucrat decides on a whim how people in different nations divided by geography and history have to live in exactly the same manner… it’s almost as if there are some parallels to that.
The EU isn’t NATO. It’s not an agreement between unique allied nations to help each other out. It’s trumpeted as a melding of nations and a blending of cultures into one mass amalgam decided on solely by those who celebrate”multiculturalism” as the solution to all life’s problems – and want to force nations into being internally multicultural as a means of homogenizing and controlling Europe. Most Europeans have individual cultures, and they have regions in which those individual cultures are centered. They’re called “nations”.
Final point – last time continental Europe told Britain they had to join the union going on in Europe, they called it Operation Sea Lion.
*And Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the rest. With regards to Brexit, I’m mostly using Britain as shorthand for the whole UK, especially as the movement has been called “Brexit”.