The recent decision of the British to exit the EU reminds of the British comedy movie ’No Sex Please, We are British’ released in 1973. The main protagonist Runnicles a clerk in a small town British Bank is horrified on receiving a package containing pornography rather than a calculator he expected. His efforts to dispose it off turns into a series of hilarious events involving a bank inspector, the police and of course the criminal to whom that pornographic package belongs to. The only difference between the two situations is that many a British are cursing the decision to call for a referendum on 23 Jun where a country fed by lies ,TV panel discussions by so called experts led to the decision of withdrawing from EU( just 51.9% voting in favor of this decision). As an afterthought many want a re run of the poll. The situation is far from amusing unlike in the movie.
After long deliberations , UK had joined EEC on 01 Jan 1973 that became EU on 01 Nov 1993. The many a benefits of common currency and a borderless travel were still not agreed upon. Those who do not hail from EU, US, and Australia still need separate visas and have to possess Pound Sterling when in UK.
After the second world war creation of EU was perhaps the first step in forging a permanent peace between the 27 signatories, besides a host of other reduction of trade barriers, free movement, and jobs. The young are a angry lot as more than 75% of the Gen Now had cast a vote in favor of staying with EU compared to most of the ageing population living on pensions, and shuttling between the hospitals who sealed the fate to exit the EU. Their dreams of living a life in EU, marrying within EU nationals, travel and seek jobs just died. Many of the young ones who reside and work in other countries of EU and USA , did not get an opportunity to cast their vote being ineligible to vote. Only the areas of London, Scotland and North Ireland cast vote in favor of staying with the EU while those in country side favored exiting. Apparently, those who have money voted in favor of staying with EU while those who do not have it, voted out. Also, strange as it may sound, many Britons have Googled about what it means to be with EU hit an all time high just after the poll results.The immediate effect was devaluation of Pound Sterling by almost 10% besides as pall of gloom descended over EU, and long time ally USA.
‘The gentleness of the English civilization is perhaps its most marked characteristics. You notice it, the instant you set foot on English soil’ in the words of George Orwell. Not now , Surely! It resembles a family with wrong members in control.
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