Right the wrong that is Brexit
In 2016, the U.S. wasn’t the only major Western country that seemingly hit the self-destruct button. While Trump “won” the 2016 Presidential election, six months earlier the U.K. voted to leave the European Union (E.U.) – the now infamous “Brexit” referendum.
Since then, the U.K. has stumbled its way through the post-referendum mire, botching its ill-conceived departure from the E.U. and taking out two Conservative Prime Ministers in the process (David Cameron and now Theresa May).
The parallels between Trump’s MAGA movement and the pro-Brexit movement are both similar and alarming. Both are inward looking,insular,yearning for a golden era that never actually was and are built on empty-headed flag-waving, xenophobia and racism.
The fact that the very first U.K. politician to head to Washington to congratulate Trump on his November 2016 victory was the then leader of the fervently pro-Brexit United Kingdom Independence Party, Nigel Farage, speaks volumes.
Add to that the considerable cross-pollination of ideas between the two movements in 2016 and you further get the picture. Unsurprisingly then, Trump has recently reiterated his support for the U.K. making its ill-thought out departure from the E.U.
The U.S. will, eventually, get over the four years of Trump being President. However, if the U.K. goes through with Brexit of any kind, hard or soft, it will be forever changed for the worse. The E.U. is far from perfect, granted.
However, for a continent that spent the best part of the last two thousand years repeatedly tearing itself apart in a near continual state of warfare, the E.U. was an incredibly successful break from such a bloo