Opinion: Brexit and the US – by Ben Avrohom

David_Cameron_officialThe British people have spoken. Despite lectures from President Obama and the internationalist community the British want no part of the EU. On Thursday, they voted to leave the EU, a vote known as Brexit, sending the internationalists into panic mode. This decision parallels whats happening in America. The popularity of Trump reflects a populist current sweeping through the Western hemisphere.

Brexit reflects a Populist trend throughout America and Europe. Like the Trump and even Sanders campaign, people throughout America are rejecting the trade agreements of NAFTA and TPP. In Europe they are rejecting bad trade deals as well. Like their American counterparts Europeans are loosing jobs and feel there economy has not benefitted from being part of the EU.

Islamic Immigration as well has come to be associated with the EU. The British are tired of an immigration policy being decided in other European capitals and their tired of the Islamization of their country. Muslim terrorists have committed attacks throughout Europe and the public is overwhelmingly not looking to import more migrants. Like The British, Americans are also tired of government replacing the labor force with immigrants from Latin America to serve as cheap labor without a vote of confidence from the American people. Many Americans as well are rejecting Obama’s plan to bring Syrian refugees to America and see Europe’s example as foreboding.

Finally Brexit is a vote for national sovereignty. A country by definition as has been pointed out many times during this campaign needs borders. The European Union was seen by some in Britain as exporting their national sovereignty to Brussels which means a lack of secure borders between nations. Like The British Americans favor a secure border and a knowledge of who comes in and out of the country.

Whether Donald J.Trump wins the election remains to be seen, but there can be no doubt that much of this election has been the repudiation of the establishment. Brexit is a rejection of the establishment as well, and internationalist policies by which the British feel they have not benefited from. Perhaps America come November will vote for a Republican with some of the populist policies that Britain has embraced, and in doing so reject elitist internationalism.

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  1. “Whether Donald J. Trump wins the election remains to be seen, but there can be no doubt that much of the election has been the repudiation of the establishment.” True statement, but what people seem to be glossing over is that the election has more to do with following emotion over truth and reality. The BREXIT vote was about jumping off the cliff because of a real or exaggerated problem. What it was NOT is a decision by voters based on a plan going forward. The same is true here in the great USA. Trump has tapped into a powerful emotion and has lead his supporters over the deep end with “answers” that only make things worse. This isn’t about a rejection of the “establishment” (whatever that is) as much as its about closing our eyes to reality because it feels good to tell people who we think are “the elite” to get lost!

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