On quiet days I like to investigate ideas that I have, and often get pushed aside by the daily agenda of modern life. Today's topic began as an investigation into the problems and benefits of Brexit to the outer communities of the UK. For example, Scotland, Ireland, Gibraltar. It soon became obvious that most of these problems were self-inflicted results of Britain's imperialistic past. For example, Northern Ireland once belonged to Ireland, Gibraltar to Spain Sovereign bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia to Cyprus.
One of the biggest social changes that came about following World Wars I and II, in the 20th century was this world-wide shift in imperialistic thinking. The old days of tyrannical rulers, royalty with no accountability and the right of colonization (because I'm bigger than you and I said so) were dying. The crunch period for Britain was post WWII starting from India but well into the 1950's and 1960's.
During this period, colonial unrest throughout the empire caused the British foreign office to reevaluate. Sensing a change in the social winds and realizing the impossibility of keeping together an empire at the point of a sword, it began to voluntarily give up its colonies. from India, Cyprus, Nigeria Rhodesia and Malta, one by one they all split off. Great Britain attempted to maintain its influence in areas of concern through smaller, more easily controlled enclaves it euphemistically called sovereign , or dependent territories. The logic, presumably, is that later on down the line, if the real owner pushes hard enough you can just give them up or something like that. So far, so good.
But what happens when the time comes to confront this problem, and in order to avoid long wars that cost you a bunch, and you have little to gain and you want to go home but can't? What happens when you tell your people, "time to go home" and they turn around and say "But mummy I am home and its your duty to protect me?"
What happens when you yourself are trying to gain your own sovereignty and independence and the only thing stopping you is these tiresome little offspring who are holding on to you trousers and won't let go ?
You think the Irish veto is a problem? Just wait, next in line is Gibraltar and Spain.
Meanwhile, since you’re here perhaps you might consider signing the petition for the return of the final Brexit vote to the people. 3 Choices:
Accept whatever deal is available and Leave the EU
Reject the deal and leave the EU anyway (Hardest Brexit)
Accept the cost is too great and stay in the EU.
P.S. Vote - not referendum because referendum's are binary
If there is no decisive winner (50%+) then you eliminate the lowest scoring option and repeat.
Ask yourselves, do you really trust a politician to take what is almost certainly the most important decision of your life for you?
SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE FINAL DECISION TO BE YOURS. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your fellow students. This sale is only on until March 29th, 2019. After that the price goes up (I mean the EU’s price - our vote is FREE!). If they vote again to leave so be it, at least you tried!
Sign Petition : https://t.co/Wo8DgvjjYN