The British people decided to leave the European Union. June 23rd’s historic BREXIT vote was in favor of leaving, 51.9% to 48.1%. From the New York Times:
Not long after the vote tally was completed, Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the bloc, appeared in front of 10 Downing Street to announce that he planned to step down by October, saying the country deserved a leader committed to carrying out the will of the people.
The stunning turn of events was accompanied by a plunge in the financial markets, with the value of the British pound and stock prices in Asia plummeting.
So David Cameron is out. Too bad the United States doesn’t have leaders who were committed to carrying out the will of the people. Our leaders carry out the will of lobbyists and special interest groups.
The United Kingdom will now need to officially exercise its right under Article 50 of the European Union treaty. Once that happens, they will have two years to transition away from the European Union.
One of the main issues that will need to be worked out is immigration. Under the European Union, citizens of one member country can live and work in any other member country. When the UK is officially out of the EU, citizens of EU countries will need a passport and a work visa to live and work in the UK. The same will apply to UK citizens living and working in EU countries.
Immigration was one of the principal issues for leaving the EU. As a member to the EU, the UK had little control over the immigration into its own country. By voting to leave the EU, the British people have chosen to get their soverntry back.
Good for them.