Why did Britain Vote to Leave the European Union?

“Let’s take back control of huge sums of money, take back control of immigration, take back control of our democracy.”

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Brexit. | Source: Google – nursebuddy.co.

Brexit is a bad news to many people, but it is also a good news to some others. The result of the referendum that was held June last year has surprised many people. The people of the UK have decided to leave the European Union. But why? Many people have questioned this reality. It is important to note that this article is not talking from the social relations but from the political perspectives. Even since the beginning of the creation of the European Community, the UK relations with the community was (and still is) ‘special’. Therefore, from the historical perspective, it is actually not very surprising that the UK decided to leave the EU.

 

The UK and the EU laws
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Laws. | Source: Google – University of Utah LEAP.

The European Union law is supranational which means that the EU law is not confined by the national law. This is something that most British politicians dislike. Having to make a decision-based in Brussels rather than in the house of commons is overwhelming. The EU has started to act like a nation-state rather than a continent organisation. The EU law has threaten the sovereignty of each member, including the UK. In addition, the UK government has always been good at following the law, while the other European countries – arguably – not as good as the UK in the case of following the law.

 

Border controls
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UK Border Controls. | Source: Google – Parliament Street.

European migrations to the UK is overwhelming. Because of the EU laws allowed EU citizens to move broadly without border consideration, the UK has lost its power to control migration from Europe. There are 27 countries in the EU that can come, live, and work in the UK without immigration control. The problem is, there is no guarantee that the people who come to the country are those with good intentions. Moreover, the lack of border controls in Europe will impact the UK. If someone could enter at least one country in Europe – this could be dangerous to the other 26 countries. Border control is very important – especially in a condition where terrorist is the main threat to world security – and the EU does not seem to take it very seriously.

 

Give up pound-sterling to euro?
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Pound-sterling. | Source: Google – Empresa Journal.

By 2020, the EU has agreed to convert all currency into Euro – which is something that the UK does not want – even since the beginning of the application to join the European Community. Using single currency of euro – many fears – that it will lead into a huge economic crisis. Such as what happened in Greece with its economic crisis back in 2015. Moreover, UK economy is one of the strongest in the EU. It is not merely beneficial for the UK to give up its currency to the community.

 


 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get back the independence and self-governance of this nation.”

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