On June 23, 2016, in response to a referendum put forward by the Conservative government of Prime Minister David Cameron, the people of the United Kingdom voted, by an admittedly small margin of 51.89%, to withdraw from membership in the European Union. Since that fateful day, there has been much discussion and much dispute, but so far, more than a year later, it remains to be seen when, or indeed whether, the UK will succeed in departing.
The 48.11% of Britons who voted to remain in the EU were greatly surprised, and greatly dismayed, by the outcome of the referendum. They had taken for granted that their ill-founded wishes would prevail, with the UK eternally deferring to the haughty overlords in Brussels. To those crestfallen Britons, the EU is a glorious enterprise, one that promotes a philosophy of harmony and understanding, with prosperity for all. A pleasant thing to believe, perhaps, but exceedingly far from the truth.
The EU has never been a source of benevolence. It is a capitalist organization, created by banks and corporations to serve their own narrow interests, and is, therefore, fundamentally opposed to the interests and rights of most citizens in the UK and Europe. To accept the EU as a benign representation of European unity is to accept a gross delusion. The EU clearly manifests ugly forces of greed and tyranny, not lofty principles of equity and freedom.
Europe should be seen, and should be valued, as a varied expanse of sovereign nations, each with its own history and culture. Instead, under the heavy-handed rule of the EU, it has been transformed into a business undertaking, a golden opportunity for high finance, an efficient means by which a well-heeled gang of smooth-spoken bureaucrats has seen fit to enrich themselves, at the ongoing expense of the lowly millions who are considerably less than affluent.
When will the UK actually leave the EU? Banks and corporations are not known for graciously, or willingly, surrendering their vile prerogatives, particularly in regard to the preservation of their wealth, so it is quite likely that the formal process through which the UK seeks to free itself from the foul clutches of the EU will continue to be dragged out. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that a sharp blow has been struck against the unwholesome power of a long-standing dictatorship.