On June 24th 2016, the world was shocked to learn of Britain’s desire to leave the European Union. Of all the issues that arose during the Brexit referendum campaign, none was as dominant as that of immigration. In fact, Britain’s decision to leave the EU revealed its public’s lack of awareness on the place of immigrants in its economy as well as an understanding on the concept of free trade, as free trade involves the free movement of people, goods, and services. To be sure, immigration was the dominant issue because the British felt economically and culturally threatened by increased levels of immigration in Europe and the United Kingdom; it is therefore very likely that the EU will maintain its policy of visa-free migration.
The Brexit referendum was a vote held in Britain on June 23rd 2016 in all countries that comprised Great Britain. Its’ aim was to have the British people vote on whether or not Britain should remain a part of the EU. The result of the referendum was one that both took the nations of the world by surprise and was in keeping with the will of the majority of the British people–Britain voted to leave the EU.
It is also important to note the many geopolitical consequences of the Brexit referendum– some of which are positive and some of which are negative. They include the following: the eventual abolition of the EU’s visa-free policy; “the creation of trade agreements; globalization, and the possible division of the United Kingdom for good”.
Supporters in favour of Brexit argue that the prospect of higher wages in Britain are an attractive factor for lots of immigrants. Opponents against Brexit argue that reduced immigration lowers the standard wa...
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... movement is the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America. Of course, some obstacles to the replicability of the Brexit vote in other countries are the following: population size, culture, values, and form of government.
Furthermore, the topic of the Brexit referendum has increased my understanding of development–especially from the economic, political, and cultural perspective of the British people’s dislike for immigrants. Moreover, I now see why immigration was so important in the referendum and also understand that the European Union will maintain its policy of visa-free migration. And though the British can clearly expect to lose their current standards of life by reduced immigration and an opportunity for a greater appreciation of the human beings that surround them, the voice of the democratic process must be respected.
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