What are your opinions as British/non-British about the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union?

I think that they will be able to take control over their laws and with who they do business.
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astatorWhat are your opinions as British/non-British about the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union?
Many of us Americans are not happy about it. I think there will be economic problems for us as well as for Britain because of it, but time will tell. The value of the British pound will be something to watch. And Scotland will be worth watching as well. It wouldn't surprise me if they split off from England now. The whole thing looks like a mess of problems that the UK has brought upon itself. What were they thinking? Didn't they make any attempt to estimate the vote count, especially that of the more elderly generation, before proceeding? I hope Cameron is happy with himself.

Then there's also the fact that Britain's membership in the EU gave the U.S. a good friend to ask about what was going on in the EU, and we've lost that extra source of information. Don't even get me started on how xenophobia played such a big role in that election. Some of the rhetoric was repulsive. I heard a few interviews in the lead-up to the election, and I was shocked at the amount of hatred that some British citizens expressed. And then there were those rude things that were said in the EU parliament by one of the British representatives after the decision to exit. I understand the need to control borders, but why not work that out diplomatically as a member of the EU instead of just picking up all your marbles and going home, so to speak?

Not that I have any strong opinions on the subject, of course. Emotion: big smile

CJ
I think it's tragic - a step backward for world peace, stability and cooperation.
The democratic Western European countries and Great Britain are stronger together, weaker apart. Not only economically, but to counteract Putin who is making his moves on the independent countries in the east. Putin, a bully, understands only one thing - a show of united force.
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Hi (from Britain)

I think it's dire. The countries of Europe are always going to be our partners, so all we've given up is our place at the meeting table. What the point of that was, I really don't know

Dave

dave_anonall we've given up is our place at the meeting table

It's my understanding that some Brits didn't like some of the rules of conduct imposed by the EU, especially with regard to immigration.

Hi

That's true. Personally, I live in a part of London where people come and go all the time and they have done for sixty years or more. I like it

For those who were concerned about that, I don't think they understand how much our trade and services depend on people whose origins are - or were - from abroad. Health, transport, schools, finance, technical things - even the local shop. It would all grind to a halt if not for all the various contributions

Dave

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It's a very helpful step towards Nationalism.

CalifJimMany of us Americans are not happy about it.

I do find it rather ironic how some of our American friends bemoan Brexit, when America would not remotely contemplate surrendering its sovereignty to even a fraction of the extent that Britain has had to under the EU. I wonder how much the average American would welcome the idea of their country being subservient to a parliament sitting in Canada or a law court in Mexico. Not a lot, I wouldn't think.

GPYwhen America would not remotely contemplate surrendering its sovereignty to even a fraction of the extent that Britain has had to under the EU.

Just because we wouldn't at this time in history doesn't mean we shouldn't ever. Things change. But so far, with only three countries on a large continent, the need for some sort of common parliament is not so pressing here. To date we only have NAFTA. Hardly a comparison to the EU.

GPYI wonder how much the average American would welcome the idea of their country being subservient to a parliament sitting in Canada or a law court in Mexico.

I don't see that the relationship is one of subservience. As far as I've heard, every nation in the EU has a say in its parliament no matter where it sits. The arbitrary choice of the location of the meeting place doesn't enter into it. Analogously, the location of the UN headquarters in New York doesn't make all member nations subservient to the United States.

CJ

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