Brexit: a senseless vote

Brexit: a senseless vote -  CO.EUR.

 British citizens voted to leave the European Union on June 23, with 51.9 percent of voters choosing to exit. Migration was the cornerstone of the Leave campaign, which objected to the European Union’s insistence on the free movement of  labor, capital, goods and services.

The results of the referendum have ushered in greater political uncertainty, a heightened sense of financial market risk and deep division in British society. Campaigners for British withdrawal made audacious promises. Britain’s economy would prosper and its security would increase. Britain would take back control of immigration, reducing the number of arrivals. And it would be able to spend about 350 million pounds, or about $470 million, a week more on health care instead of sending the money to Brussels. Now that they won it seems that they don’t know what to do. 

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EU: Union without power

EU: Union without power -  CO.EUR.

The European Union has been the most extraordinary experiment in the history of political institutions. For the first time  huge numbers of people from  nations stretching from Scandinavia to Portugal  have come together to form a bigger society without anyone using force to make them to do so. For more than 60 years after its beginnings in the late 1940s, the European Union's revolutionary path of state formation without centralized coercive power gradually mastered its members'  local strategic interests. 

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Immigration: a turning point for Europe

Immigration: a turning point for Europe -  CO.EUR.

Europe has seen a surge in migration, mainly due to the  increased number of people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who made the journey thorough Greece and the Balkans. This has led to political problems both within and between countries and has undermined  existing EU immigration agreements that are unlikely to survive in their current form. If the  first approach to the problem was centered on how accommodate the influx of refugees then the focus has shifted to stemming that flow and restricting entry.

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