Brexit Freedom?

By Christopher Bjørnsen

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The United Kingdom has voted, with a margin of under 2%, to leave the European Economic Community. This is now what it means for the Brits, and the rest of Europe.

Military and National Security

European countries have a tumultuous history and an unfortunate tendency to wage war at each other. The EEC was therefore originally created with the intent of keeping Europe stable and prevent European countries from getting at each other's throat. A fragmentation of Europe simply put an end to that ideal and the overall relative security Europe has so far enjoyed. As a matter of fact, many people in Europe would now already love to kick the ass of the Brits for being so retarded with their decision to leave the EEC!

The United Kingdom is also no longer united.  And soon, it will be "United Kingdom" no more. It is only a matter of time before Scotland separates, most likely eventually followed by Northern Ireland, leaving small, economically and militarily insignificant states, incapable of standing their ground in the current geopolitic context.

The Romans had it figured out when they said "Dividi et impera", or divide and conquer. With a Europe that lacks unity, traditional enemies of the west, Islam and Russia, now have a divided and fragmented opponent to conquer. NATO has very little use and actual capabilities in the best of times, let alone with a broken up Europe.

Even Europe's nuclear deterrence will now be put in question, with the U.S. nuclear war heads positioned in Scotland having to be removed, as Scotland has previously made very clear, immediately upon their secession from the United Kingdom.

Ultimately, bad news for Europe from a military perspective, and particularly for us Norwegians, as we share a border with a very belligerent Russia, which does not need further incentive to seek trouble.   

Cultural Protection

Although the EEC appeared to have a bad rep, the truth of the matter is, it provided some structure to enforce common grounds, while allowing individual states to maintain their sovereignty. 

Sure, the EEC asked the U.K., gods forbid, to abandon the imperial system in favor of the metric system (which was probably doing the U.K. a favor anyway). But this is pale in comparison to the cultural protection the EEC provided to the U.K. and other European nations. 

It is the European Economic Community that has protected Europe from toxic trade agreements so far such as the TPP, or highly predatory behavior from corporate giants including Google, Facebook, or Monsanto. A fragmented Europe means there is no longer a common front against far more serious dangers than the EEC bureaucracy, namely, the TPP or Trans-Pacific Pact. The TPP indeed deprives all Western countries of their sovereignty, and would mark an end to the cultural identity of many states through out of control globalization.

As a matter of fact, the TPP is the greatest threat we Víkingar have faced since our forced Christianization, and it puts into question our right and ability to follow a tribal lifestyle, something Europe facilitated rather than prevented. 

Economy

Unlike us, Norway and Iceland, whom have never been part of the EEC, the United Kingdom always has been. This means the U.K.'s economy and structure is highly dependent on the European Economic Community. Indeed, the United Kingdom doesn't have a single trade agreement in place with other countries, which means selling anything outside of the U.K. would be subjected to high tariffs, and therefore, would be prohibitively uncompetitive.

The service industry in the U.K. is also heavily dependent on the banking industry, which will not be able to sustain jobs in the U.K. with the country no longer being part of the EEC. The United Kingdom cannot reasonably be expected to remain a world financial hub once disconnected from the EEC, as this European position made its strength. 

Many other industries in the U.K. are also heavily dependent on the EEC, including airlines. Indeed, low cost carriers such as Ryanair could not be viable outside of an EEC regulatory environment, as the European Economic Area provides carriers free access to all European countries. Open Sky agreements are also negotiated between the United States and the EEC, not the United Kingdom. As a result, carriers such as British Airways will no longer be able to fly to the United States without restrictions, potentially a fatal blow to an industry with increasingly low margins and high competition from the gulf states.

Another economic aspect is business's inherent aversion to uncertainty. With the future of the United Kingdom being vastly unknown and unstable, many companies will leave the United Kingdom and refrain from investing both in an economy at risk, and work force that is no longer mobile.

Ultimately this will lead to economic hardship for the people of the United Kingdom for at least a decade, maybe even more. 

Immigration

The EEC has been used as scape goat for massive immigration in the U.K. and the resulting rise of Islam. A vast majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, however, are from Pakistan. A country with strong colonial ties with the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, Pakistan is the result of the partition of India by the British, for the purpose of separating Muslims from other religions. Muslim immigration from Pakistan to the U.K. is therefore a direct consequence of Britain's colonial past, and has nothing to do with the EEC.

A rise of Islam and implementation of Sharia Law in part of the United Kingdom were also never mandated by the EEC, but instead, a result of British political correctness and will to bend over backward to accommodate minorities.

After all, while British Courts have ruled time after time in favor of minority rights, the European Human Rights Court has ruled against the rights of minorities when such rights affect the fundamental rights of others. In practice, the EEC allows an employer to not hire a Muslim covered head to toe if such interferes with the employers' religious views, or lack thereof, whereas British law makes it illegal to deny a position to such religious extremist.

A departure from the EEC will not resolve the problem of the rise of Islam, and as a matter of fact, may make the matter worse, with the U.K. now being on its own to handle a situation of their own doing that is already out of control.

Everyday's Life

British citizens will now no longer be able to freely move and work within Europe. Brit expats who live, work, or are retired anywhere in Europe will be losing their medical coverage, and will be facing the prospect of having to negotiate visas and formalities with each of the 28 EEC country individually in order to be able to work and reside in any European country. Many such expats will be forced to return to the U.K., as residing wherever they please within the EEC will no longer be a guaranteed right.

Similarly, visa exemptions negotiated by the EEC with the rest of the world will no longer apply to British citizens, with the United Kingdom having to negotiate new agreements with each country individually...

Jetsetting

Last but not least, the ability to spend half the year in the lovely and lavish cottage in Southern France (shown here in Corsica) is now something of the past.

Christopher Bjørnsen

Tromsø, Norway