Even though I have decided that the EU is the best system to have in place, it’s undeniable that the EU is a screwy system. Britain is still bananas, but so is the system. There is no utopia.
It’s very likely that the dream of a United Europe is going to slip away. The Brexit is the first domino to make the whole structure fall. Very likely France will leave next, since the EU took away their labor laws.
I use to be completely against the idea of the European Union. What does a person from France have in common with a person in Lithuania? However, since the night of the Brexit, my mind immediately changed when I really dug into the subject. Yes, the EU is a weird, bureaucratic mess, complex, and is in a rough spot economically as of now. However, I have come to realize that a United Europe is the way forward, because of the nature of the free trade across all these countries, the securement of human rights, freedom of movement, and the coming together of nations once literally at war. I makes me think of the United States, with vastly different cultures across the states, and yet things mostly work.
The British, blinded by nationalism and jingoistic rhetoric from the likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have exited one of the largest trading blocks in the world. Britain will now be less involved in the world, as globalization is inevitable and must be embraced. This was essentially a protest vote, with dire consequences.
In Europe right now there is an ugly resurgence of the far right in Europe. Many of these groups show fascist and authoritarian tendencies, but also play to populist fears against minorities. Part of their rise is related to the recent strain of terror attacks throughout Europe, but also of the Left’s refusal to allow an honest conversation on islamism spreading through a Secular Europe. These far right groups include Marine Le Pen of the Front Nationale, PAGIDA, and others. They threaten Europe’s future and society as a liberal, free, civilized, pluralist, and secular region of the world.