Friday, June 24, 2016

The Brexit Vote


On Thursday, the UK voted to leave the European Union – the ‘Leave’ vote share being 51.9% (or 17,410,742 votes) and the ‘Remain’ vote share being 48.1% (or 16,141,241 votes).

David Cameron promptly announced he is quitting as prime minister.

The Independent’s Andrew Grice had this to say about the EU referendum: It “exposed starkly what a divided nation we are. The results show the gulf between a liberal metropolitan class and working class people worried about immigration; between those doing well from globalization and those "left behind" and not seeing the benefits in jobs or wages; between Scotland and England; between London and the rest of England; between young and older voters and between the well and less well educated. And, of course, a nation split down the middle on the issue of EU membership”.

And if you want to make Brexit really simple to understand, this one sentence says it all! Brezit isn't about economics; it's about xenophobia.

Dan Drezner, a global economy expert at Tufts University's Fletcher's School of Law and Diplomacy made an interesting observation: "During this referendum, I don't think you could point to a distinguished expert, institutionally or personally, who said Brexit would work out fine for the UK. And yet British voters said, 'I don't care'".

Scotland is staunchly pro-EU but I support Brexit – knowing very well that Scottish constituents would be unhappy.

Already, their First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the vote in Scotland “made clear” that it saw its future as part of the European Union. She then hinted that a second Scottish independence referendum was now "highly likely". Yay-y-y!!!

On Thursday, I attended the Metro Toastmasters meeting in Wisma Naza, No. 12, Jalan Sg. Besi in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. I was the General Evaluator.

A good meeting even though there was only one assignment speech.

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