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Brexit or Europe ‘s a mess.

[Versão portuguesa disponível brevemente]

June 23 morning was the morning when Europe we awoke to a new internal order; a Europe without the UK and, maybe, even a disaggregation of the UK itself.

Personally I never really believed that the UK citizens would vote a ‘NO’ to Europe on the referendum, however, they did it. With a turnout of 72.2%, British people are divided in three groups of nearly equal size. From the 46.5 million electorates, 17.4 (51.9% of voters) have chosen to leave the Europe Union, 16.1 million (48.1% of voters) have chosen to stay within the EU and 12.9 million (27.2% of the electorate) have chosen not to choose and didn’t bother to vote.

Having watched a few spots from both campaigns, I found the ‘NO’ campaign particularly demagogic as are the speeches of Nigel Farage. Nevertheless, it seems to have worked properly.

Much have been said about the ‘NO’ voters typecast. Apparently they are older working-class people who, according to what Lisa Mckenzie wrote on The Guardian, ‘are sick of being called ignorant or racist because of their valid concerns [and to whom] the EU referendum has given […] a chance to have their say’. Although, I easily understand and sympathize with their reasons and frustration, the way they found to express their resentment will not be much of a contribution to alleviate their reputation.

The romanticized versions that the UK is giving a lesson of democracy to the EU are distressingly naïve. In fact, if there is any lesson that last Friday the UK gave to the EU and the world was a lesson of ignorance and irresponsibility. Right after the referendum results were announced, on that same morning, according to Google Trends Twitter account, the five most searched sentences were: 1. What does it mean to leave the EU?; 2. What is the EU?; 3. Which countries are in the EU?; 4. What will happen now we’ve left EU? And 5. How many countries are in the EU? Continuar a ler


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A hesitação do Reino Unido perante a União Europeia

O “Brexit”, British exit (da União Europeia), está na ordem do dia por toda a Europa. O cenário é complexo. Se as recentes negociações entre David Cameron e o Conselho Europeu, levadas a cabo em Bruxelas, terminaram com o celebrativo Twitter de Donald Tusk, Presidente do Conselho Europeu:

a realidade é que o referendo sobre a permanência do Reino Unido na União Europeia está marcado para junho. David Cameron tem quatro meses para convencer os britânicos que ficar é a melhor opção. A questão é fraturante, tanto do lado dos conservadores como do lado dos trabalhistas. As opiniões dividem-se e ambos os lados possuem apoiantes da permanência e da saída. David Cameron, primeiro-ministro e líder do partido conservador, decidiu fazer campanha pela permanência do Reino Unido na União Europeia, porém, Michael Gove, ministro da justiça do governo presidido por Cameron, já declarou publicamente que vai fazer campanha pelo “Brexit”. Continuar a ler