Why are so many people agitated at this result? I never knew wanting your own sovereignty meant that you were a old racist. Maybe I am viewing this with my American lens which says screw entangling alliances.
It's the liberals and the regressive left...
There was an apt comment from a reader of the BBC News website:"Today we have witnessed the triumph of nostalgia over common sense, when the country that calls itself Great Britain has voted to turn itself into Little England."
If the rest of the Union falls apart, that might be the case, but I wouldn't go that far. London will continue to be the most important financial market in the world, which makes any isolationism implausible. From afar it looks like it wouldn't have come to this if not for the immigration issue; as an American, I can sympathize.
I very much doubt if London will retain that status. Those who voted for 'Leave' will bitterly regret their decision in time I am sure.
If I remeber correctly all this started as a kind of Jephtha's promise by Cameron which he willy-nilly had to keep. And being a non-Shengen country UK can handle immigration (at least that of non-EU nationals) as it wishes even being a EU member.
As a supporter of nonviolent decentralization (see the Catalan independence movement), I think it might be better for England and Scotland to amicably separate. This vote clearly showed that Scotland's views of the EU and those of England/Wales are irreconcilable. If Scotland wants to "go it alone" and beg the EU to let them in, that's their choice.When peoples have so little in common, it is better that they civilly live as neighbors rather than uncomfortably live under the same roof.
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Steve Sailer had an excellent piece on this and he finished with a great dismount:Granted, Dr. Merkel claimed that she had to destroy Europe to save it. But, to a Brit, what was the point of 1939–1945 if a German chancellor still wound up ruling over Europe?