#13 – Of Brexit and etc.

With just one day before the UK referendum , that very  discussed Brexit , meaning if the UK populace will vote to stay in EU or to reverse the present status and leave, as one who doesn’t hold UK passport or EU one I presume that I have a better perspective.

Therefore I am not biased and my view if the forest is not obturated by the trees, as the saying goes.

It easy to find on site the brief history of EU

The European Union is set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War.

Everything started with the best intentions but we have to add that even the road to hell is paved with the best intentions

As of 1950, started an action to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace.It was a brain child of a few statesmen like Adenauer, Churchill, Spaak, etc.. The six founding countries are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The 1950s are dominated by a cold war between east and west. Protests in Hungary against the Communist regime are put down by Soviet tanks in 1956. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome creates the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘Common Market’.

This incipient group has expanded parallel with military block called NATO.

Quite quickly started to be created an Europe without borders.

With the collapse of communism across central and eastern Europe, Europeans become closer neighbours. In 1993 the Single Market is completed with the ‘four freedoms’ of: movement of goods, services, people and money. The 1990s is also the decade of two treaties: the ‘Maastricht’ Treaty on European Union in 1993 and the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1999. People are concerned about how to protect the environment and also how Europeans can act together when it comes to security and defence matters. In 1995 the EU gains three more new members: Austria, Finland and Sweden. A small village in Luxembourg gives its name to the ‘Schengen’ agreements that gradually allow people to travel without having their passports checked at the borders. Millions of young people study in other countries with EU support. Communication is made easier as more and more people start using mobile phones and the internet.

The European Union is set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. As of 1950, the European Coal and Steel Community begins to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace. The six founding countries are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The 1950s are dominated by a cold war between east and west. Protests in Hungary against the Communist regime are put down by Soviet tanks in 1956. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome creates the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘Common Market’.

 Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom join the European Union on 1 January 1973, raising the number of Member States to nine.

The EU regional policy starts to transfer huge sums of money to create jobs and infrastructure in poorer areas. The European Parliament increases its influence in EU affairs and in 1979 all citizens can, for the first time, elect their members directly.

 With the collapse of communism across central and eastern Europe, Europeans become closer neighbours. In 1993 the Single Market is completed with the ‘four freedoms’ of: movement of goods, services, people and money.

In 1995 the EU gains three more new members: Austria, Finland and Sweden. A small village in Luxembourg gives its name to the ‘Schengen’ agreements that gradually allow people to travel without having their passports checked at the borders. Millions of young people study in other countries with EU support. Communication is made easier as more and more people start using mobile phones and the internet.

The euro is now the new currency for many Europeans. During the decade more and more countries adopt the euro, but UK opted to keep the pound.

Unfortunately not everything went smoothly.

A financial crisis hits the global economy in September 2008. The Treaty of Lisbon is ratified by all EU countries before entering into force in 2009. It provides the EU with modern institutions and more efficient working methods. The global economic crisis strikes hard in Europe. The EU helps several countries to confront their difficulties and establishes the ‘Banking Union’ to ensure safer and more reliable banks.

For me , looking to the situation of EU, the institution has metastased    into a enormous and expensive bureaucracy not easy to control.

The initial economic objectives are diluted and new fashionable slogans took place as climate change which is still high on the agenda and leaders agree to reduce harmful emissions. European elections are held in 2014 and more Eurosceptics are elected into the European Parliament. A new security policy is established in the wake of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Religious extremism increases in the Middle East and various countries and regions around the world, leading to unrest and wars which result in many people fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in Europe. The EU is not only faced with the dilemma of how to take care of them, but also finds itself the target of several terrorist attacks.

Based on this background in UK started a movement which considered pro and con argument as members of EU.

In reality idea of nation is rapidly dissipating as the European culture as well and the lack of border control which was intended to ease the movement of working force resulted in a massive invasion from people who doesn’t not have anything in common with Europe.

From this Brexit I understand that the Brits want to take back the control of their national destiny, especially in the light of EU government’ s arrogance, strongly left oriented and , like any left, pretending that it knows better what is good for Europe.

Would UK survive and flourish outside of EU?

I am not a fortune teller but I know that England built an immense economic and cultural empire. I know that Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley , Byron, Shaw, etc., are a produces of England not of a “Europe”. It looks like a paradox , but as I see it, if UK will not be administratively part of this huge, expensive bureaucracy it might be more European than as the member of it.

If UK will  NOT exit the entire Europe will be transformed into a sort of social Esperanto where Germany will not produce a Goethe or Beethoven, Italy will not give us a Dante , Verdi or Lampedusa, and England will not leave behind a new Shakespeare.

I do not know if the europoliticians have thought in detail all these aspects of European melting pot.

Because the people do not live on bread only.

Johannes de Silentio

 

 

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