September 28, 2016 Brexit Flash Quiz - The biggest news is that Great Britain has voted to leave the UN - Britain votes to no longer be great - And perhaps not to be a United Kingdom - What’s the broader context of all this and why should we care? - What happened??? Why did they vote out? - The whole thing is a fluke - The current prime minister of Great Britain decided to have the referendum to basically appease the members his own party o When he came into power he said things to appease all people and so he said that he would start a referendum o People who don’t like the EU not people anti western civ or anti- Europe o There have been euroskeptics in Great Britain and throughout all of Europe itself o There has always been this group that said they want out of the EU, so he said he will have a referendum and a vote o He had no allusions that this would actually word o He didn’t think it would even be close o No biggie, but then accidentally became a biggie o It was held Thursday June 23 By 52%, the people of GB decided to leave the EU Referendum: single policy or single issue voted by the people A law or policy Doesn’t happen in US Pretty close to direct democracy If you live in California they have them all the time Its state to state US doesn’t do national referendums We don’t even do that for the presidents, we have the electoral college for that Largest voter turn out in GB for the last 25 years 72% turn out pro leave versus we should stay people gotten really nasty looks very much like a US presidential election—lasts forever, people go crazy
September 28, 2016 there are a significant portion of Euroskeptic people in GB there are people who don’t want to be in it all over GB, Latvia, and Iceland have had a fairly large Euroskeptic group So why? There are those in Europe and in GB who believe that the EU is not that democratic Different people different religions different ethnicities They don’t feel represented by this bureaucracy Many felt that their tax dollars were going too far away to issues they don’t care about Paying all this money for policies they don’t agree with The one specific issue that became the hot button issue is immigration Sub sahara Africa and north Africa Immigration has always been an issue and exaggerated by the Syrian refugees The british people dont want to have to take Syrian people in based on what the EU said they had to do even though they didn’t want to do it o When David Cameron put this forward a couple of years ago no one thought it would actually pass, even the people who were pro-leave didn’t think they were gonna win o He himself is pro-EU and he campaigned to stay in EU and he lost o No one on either side thought that it would pass o No one has any plans and no one knows what’s going on and that’s why there is so much chaos o The government has no plan and the pro-leave people have no plan either o
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