‘We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.’
Winston Churchill, May 9, 1938
Well, this will send shock waves around the globe. The voters of Great Britain have voted narrowly to leave the European Union:
Britain has voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote.
David Cameron, who will address the nation shortly, is now facing calls to resign as Prime Minister.
While England voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed Remain. Statements are expected to be made by Sinn Fein and the SNP later today calling for a breakaway from the Union. London backed Remain but the turnout was lower than expected because of bad weather.
The pound crashed to the lowest level since 1985 as sterling fell below $1.35. Complacency about a Brexit outcome will come clear this morning, as out of hours trading suggests that the FTSE 100 will drop by 8.8pc, or by some 560 points. The fall would be the third worst in history if stocks ended the day down as sharply.
Go here to read the rest. If I lived in Great Britain I would have voted to leave the Union. What began as a sensible reduction of trade barriers has morphed into a full on pretend government, something that I would have wanted no part of. This is yet another sign of massive discontent that global elites ignore at their peril, and that is precisely what Donald Trump has tapped into. Wild times ahead.
David Cameron, who opposed Brexit, has resigned as British Prime Minister:
“The British people have voted to leave the EU and their will must be respected.
The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.
There can be no doubt about the result.
Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made.
This will require strong, determined and committed leadership.
I am very proud to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.
I have held nothing back.
The british people have made a very clear decision to
I think the country requires fresh leadership.
I do not think I can be the captain to take the country to its next destination.
In my view I think we should have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative conference in October.”
The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who also opposed Brexit, is facing calls within his party for his ouster.
Donald Trump issued this statement:
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.
Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Some years live in historical memory: 1776, 1789, 1848, 1917, 1989. It is possible, just possible, that 2016 could mark the beginning of a new era in the West.
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.
Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy , from Ode (1873)
Mark Shea gives his calm, rational take on this exercise in mass democracy:
When the biggest advocates for your course of action are Marine LePen and Donald Trump, you may find that you’ve made a boo boo. Trump, of course, weighed in with his customary ignorance:
Meanwhile, Scotland gets the message loud and clear and gets ready to apply to Britain what Britain just applied to the EU. And the Irish don’t see any reason why they need to belong to the dregs of an Empire either.
And the nationalist impulse is spreading to the rest of the EU. Smart. Nationalism really paid off in the 20th Century for Europe. If Trump is for it, how could it possibly be a bad idea?
For years, I have been assured that on matters of prudential judgment, conservatives should always be trusted, even when it means ignoring the guidance of the Church. Far too late did it occur to me ask, “Shouldn’t conservatives demonstrate some kind of elementary prudence before trusting their prudential judgments?” This is shaping up to be as big a dumb idea as the Iraq war. Trump’s endorsement is just the kiss of death.
Meanwhile, in the back of my mind I recall a remark Scott Hahn once made, “Nationalism is to nations what the sin of pride is to persons.” The tradition commends patriotism. It does not have kind words for nationalism.
Poor Winston Churchill. A “United States of Europe” was his idea and an honorable attempt to rein in the catastrophic nationalisms that slaughtered millions. Now these voices are rising again and using him as their mascot. Folly.
Go here to read the comments. His citation of Churchill is hilarious under the circumstances since Churchill did not believe that Britain would be a member of this United States of Europe:
Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America, and I trust Soviet Russia – for then indeed all would be well – must be the friends and sponsors of the new Europe and must champion its right to live and shine.
The idea of course that uber British patriot Churchill would have put up for a second with having British sovereignty infringed upon in the slightest by edicts from Brussels is simply risible. As usual Mark, without doing a second of true research, simply adopts a fallacious talking point of the side he decides to support.