Everybody has written about Brexit. I should not be left out! Everybody says more or less the same thing, I'll say a bit more.
Brexit: A Case for Dismantling Countries & Forming Geographically Independent Countries Based on Global Solidarity
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada:
"The people of the UK have chosen to leave the EU.”
Hillary Clinton, US Democratic Party presidential contender:
"We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made.”
I was reading the world's reaction to the Brexit vote. The list continued:
IMF chief Christine Lagard:
“we respect the decision of the British people.”
This is not the decision of the British people, the people of the UK. It is only the decision of a bit more than half of the British people. Saying “British people” implying or insinuating as if that's the decision of all British people is wrong.
“It's the majority of the British people,” Carlo said.
I repeated. “No. It's only a bit more than half of the British people.”
“I know. Still, I wouldn't go into that.”
I would. What these people are saying when they say “We respect the decision of the British people” is that they respect the decision of 52 % of the British people because they are the majority. But they do not respect the decision of 48 % of the British people because by some chance of luck -because they say youngsters, the 16-18 year-olds would have voted remain, and 18 is a random number, right? I mean why is the voting age 18? I would have understood it if it was puberty. Because that is a coming of age with a specific physiological change. 18... What is 18? What did I know at 18 that I didn't know at 16? What made me any more capable to discern right-and-wrong, better-or-worse for me? I didn't know much until after my 40's probably. But does that mean only the elder should vote? And if the elder population predominantly voted exit, does that mean that their decision should be respected?
Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece:
"Brexit will be either a wake-up call or the beginning of a dangerous path for European people.
"We respect the decision of British people, which confirms the deep political and identity crisis of the EU.”
Here we go... Another generalization. A wrong one. European people... Seriously, who are these European people? Are they the ones who are born on the continent, the ones with fair skin, do the ones with dark skin, the ones who got citizenship after coming here count as European people too? Is the criteria the eligibility to vote? Or does this “European people” that Tsipras refers to include all the babies, children, and youngsters too?
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal:
"We have to serenely respect the decision of the majority of the British people, in the certainty that the European project remains valid to defend the values that mark our common identity."
Okay. I found someone who at least put things in a more correct way.
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway:
"British voters and many other voters around Europe feel that the EU is not providing good enough answers to today's challenges."
Fair conclusion and comment.
Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore:
"Other developed countries also face similar challenges as Britain. We all live in a globalised, interdependent world. The desire to disengage, to be less constrained by one's partners, to be free to do things entirely as one chooses, is entirely understandable. And yet in reality for many countries, disengaging and turning inwards will likely lead to less security, less prosperity, and a dimmer future.”
It's true. I like the PM of Singapore. Seems like a smart guy who knows what he is saying. At least in this case. Instead of, sorry for the term but “bullshitting”, using the political jargon, he has made a decent and logical comment! I liked it and found it important enough to underline.
Whereas the 62 year-old politician Jean-Claude Juncker has been the Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. Since 2014, he is the President of the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU. And Juncker has said:
“The British made it clear yesterday, crystal clear, as the British say, that they want to leave.”
Seriously... Is it crystal clear? How can that be crystal clear? I mean this is a man who has served as PM of a country, a European country for 18 years, and he says this?!!! What's crystal clear about the decision?
Test for democracy!
"The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected," said Mr Cameron. "The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered."
Again “the British people”! Is it really not possible for politicians to give up this nomenclature? Is this how they think, how their mind works?
More than 2.5 million people have signed a petition calling for a second referendum because they didn't like or agree with the outcome of the vote. Apparently this petition has more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website and they say “as it has passed 100,000, Parliament will consider it for a debate.”
But Cameron said the referendum was a "once in a generation, once in a lifetime" and that the UK had "referendums not neverendums".
In a separate petition more than 100,000 people have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the English capital independent from the UK and apply to join the EU. After all, across all 33 boroughs in London 59.9% of people voted to stay in the EU, with the Remain vote more than 70% in some boroughs. The petition, set up by James O'Malley, states: "London is an international city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe. Let's face it - the rest of the country disagrees... let's make the divorce official and move in with our friends on the continent."
Yes, I agree, cities should be independent.
This Brexit vote is a very good case for the wrong classification of people. It's also a case for decision-making and to start questioning the so much lauded “democracy”. The smaller the group, the better the decision alines with the members of the group. Perhaps countries should be dismantled, a new political form with global solidarity should emerge. Or, just like geographically independent professionals forming coworking spaces, cities may form alliances with other cities, form a geographically independent “country”.
Just an idea...
* The news material in this article is from BBC “Brexit: World reaction as UK votes to leave EU”