British Independence Day — The Courage to Leave

The vote is in, and the British Public has expressed its’ commitment to keeping control of that which they have loved and respected for over 1,000 years. Their history of years Democratic self- governance through their representatives in Parliament, have been defended unquestionably.   They will return to making their own laws, controlling their own immigration and taking care of their own people. This history in the making, which in days gone by might have been of little interest to the West, is now of critical importance.

The financial markets are stunned. They will regain their breath and move forward. The British economy is strong and will survive . The world is simply in shock. It will revive itself and correct this momentary earthquake.  History tells us this is so.

The excitement of the moment is that real people have taken control of their future. The very energy which has brought Donald Trump to the forefront, has brought the UK to vote to leave the E.U.  The beauty of Democracy, is that it by definition fights tyranny.The E.U. was designed to rob individual countries of their self-governance.  The analogy of the EU and the United States was never a valid one. Different cultures, histories, and languages made the concept of the E.U. a benefit only to small countries to improve their lot. For large successful countries, it was a loss of power, identity and self-determination.  Very few Brits knew who represented them in the E.U., and that position should have been supremely important.  Yet that individual had no more impact on the whole of the European Union, than a U.S. Congressman has in the United States Congress.  Britain was marginalized in the process.

The implications for the whole of Europe are massive.  This is a very exciting moment in world history.  The spill-over effect on the United States elections will be fascinating to watch.  Just as Hillary Clinton was beginning to look like a potential “winner” in the upcoming race, Mr. Trump who supported the people of the UK in their fight to leave the EU, stands out as a man with his fingers on the pulse of the anger of populations other than his own.

This well may be the beginning of the end to classic politics as the free world has known them. The distrust and disillusionment with old-time politicians is visibly gaining steam. Other countries in the E.U. will now have referendums to demand their own independence. The smaller countries will probably hold on tight as their benefits outweigh their concern about their local cultures and democratic systems.

To say that this momentous decision by the English people had nothing to do with immigration, would be a major error.  The lives of the English people have been severely impacted by the number of immigrants which have flooded their workforce since joining the E.U.  Their fear that Turkey might one day be accepted into the E.U. was valid. Having become the main exit route for the refugees from Syria, that flow would overwhelm Europe if Turkey would be allowed entry.  Not trusting the secret negotiations which have encouraged Turkey to be the country to facilitate movement for the Syrians, may be at the core of the fear of the British public.  What did Andrea Merkel and the E.U. promise Turkey in return for their participation?  There are only two possible rewards. One is money and the other is support for their entry to the E.U.

The argument that kind people should welcome unlimited Syrians into their country because most of us from the West come from refugee families, really does not hold water.  The Arab world was never forced to welcome their own people into their lands. It made perfect sense for Muslim nations to accept Muslim refugees. There are forty-nine countries in the world where more than 50% of their populations are Muslim. Where are they in these difficult times for their Arab brothers and sisters? The fact is that the refugees from the Syrian war have not been welcomed by their own Arab neighbors. This has been the immoral imbalance from the beginning. Being told that the Syrian refugees only wanted to come to Europe, was not a reason for Europe to change its entire value system and culture to accommodate them.  Had the E.U. demanded that the Arab and non-Arab Muslim world play its’ part in accommodating the refugees, the vote in Britain might actually have had a different result.

For the first time in many years, the people of a democratic nation have triumphed through the process which they hold so dear. The voice of the man on the British street was heard for the first time in a very long while.

About the Author
Born in the Washington DC area, Barbara has been a pro Israel activist for over four decades, having had a radio show in Jerusalem called "Barbara Diamond One on One" , doing in depth interviews which aired in Israel and in the UK. She participated in missions to the USSR to meet with Refuseniks, to Ethiopia with a medical team to help the Jewish villages and to China to open up relations prior to China recognizing the State of Israel, She has been pro-active lobbying congress and helping to start a Pro Israel PAC in Los Angeles. She stays involved through the Jerusalem Press Club attending up to the moment briefings which she would like to share with the readers. Ms. Diamond is the 2018 recipient of the "StandWithUs"-Israel leadership award.
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