Whether or not you think the EU is a rag tag flotilla of boats that want to be a navy, you’ve got to admire the British for having the guts to go their own way, despite the protestations of the sad remnants of the once proud Gaelic peoples, the Irish and my own ancestors, the Scots. I for one wish them all well. If I were a Brit, I would have voted to leave wholeheartedly. My libertarian ideals fit in the undemocratic socialist state that is the EU like nitroglycerin in an etch-a-sketch.
So what do the pundits say will happen next? The first article I read in the Telegraph seemed like a level headed piece, aptly named “What happens now the UK has voted Brexit – and what is Article 50?“. Article 50 does sound a bit ominous, kind of like Order 66.
The next article I looked at, “Obama stands by ‘back of the queue’ Brexit warning – how the world reacted“, quoted a lot of sensible, but some very weird, reactions, though its writer seemed unbiased. Here’s a sampling:
The EU’s leadership has demanded Britain activate Article 50 exit talks “as soon as possible” as they attempt to end the uncertainty over the bloc, “however painful that process may be”.
This seems pretty sound.
Manfred Weber, a senior German conservative MEP and close ally of Angela Merkel, warned that Britain will receive “no special treatment” and must leave the EU within two years. The German foreign minister said the 27 countries left in the European Union after Britain’s vote to leave should refrain from taking revenge.
Again, seems rational, which fits my general opinion of Germans.
President Barack Obama said the US respected the decision, and that the relationship between the two countries was “enduring”. However, the White House said that the president stood by his warning that Britain would move to the back of the queue when it comes to trade deals.
OK, Obama has also confirmed my opinion of him. I hope Canadian diplomats will take advantage of any delay that he gives them. By the time the dust starts to settle, the UK can work out a new deal with President Trump. Of course, Trump is a master negotiator, so maybe they better hope for Clinton.
Vladimir Putin has said Britain’s vote to leave the EU reflects growing concerns about immigration and security. He also said the vote is a response to unhappiness with Brussels bureaucracy. He condemned David Cameron for accusing him of backing Brexit, saying the British Prime Minister’s warning that leaving the EU would please the Kremlin was “the lowest level” of politics.
Go, Vlad. Sad that I agree with the Russian president over the American. I liked it better when we were the free ones, and they were the communists. If only the CIA hadn’t assassinated Kennedy. Damn you, Comedian!
“This is not Britain’s independence from Europe, but Europe’s independence from the US. From there it is not far to a united Eurasia. Give it ten years.”
— Boris Titov, business ombudsman and adviser to the Kremlin
OK, there’s some good old Ruskie imperialism. My faith in the basic greed of humanity is restored.
French President Francois Hollande said “The vote will put Europe to the test…To move forward, Europe cannot act as before.”
Ah, more good sense. Bien joué, monsieur. Similarly sensible statements were made by the Chinese, the Irish, the Danes, the Poles, the Aussies, the Japanese, the Koreans, and the Israelis.
An editorial in Corriere della Sera, one of Italy’s leading dailies said “Little England won over Great Britain: This is a nation that has chosen the past, by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent.”
I thought being ruled by an unelected socialist commissariat was the past. “We are the future, not them! They no longer matter!”
But wait, things are about to get weird:
Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, predicted chaos “beyond comprehension” after the result. He noted that the Zimbabwean dollar was gaining on sterling. Annie Lööv, the leader of Sweden’s Centre Party, called the vote “a day of mourning. A nightmare”.
The Swedes lose their shit. To paraphrase: “Britain is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”
Jonas Sjostedt, the leader of Sweden’s Left Party, which opposes the EU, said the vote must be heeded. “I think that you should be humble in view of the fact that the people feel you have failed. There has been far too much sitting in a ‘paper tower’ and just assuming you are right.”
I guess in Sweden, Left is right. And ‘paper tower’ is such an apt description of the bureaucracy. Who makes towers out of elephant tusks these days, anyway?
Just minutes after the referendum result was confirmed, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo took the opportunity to propose shared sovereignty with the UK over Gibraltar, saying the Brexit vote “opens up a completely new panorama on the Gibraltar issue. We are much closer to seeing a Spanish flag on the Rock”.
Wouldn’t that be an EU flag, camarada? And really, “just minutes” after the result?
Turkey’s EU minister Ömer Celik in a press conference blamed Islamophobia for holding up Turkey’s accession process, accusing the bloc of double standards and warning that more countries could seek to leave.
Crying “racist” and using FUD to scare your opposition? Turkey should fit right in to the EU.
Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg warned that the decision will be “a boost for extreme forces that want less cooperation in Europe” who are “anti-establishment, anti-globalization, anti-EU.”
Being against the socialist establishment and the globalists is extreme? That’s some weak rhetoric. How does linking the EU with the establishment and the globalists make them more favorable, and those who oppose them “extreme”. And this from the PM of a country that is not in the EU!