With the earthquake that was the Brexit result, the EU now has to deal with something it has never faced before, democracy.
The will of the people won the day. The EU’s damage control mechanism is now in overdrive in order to prevent France, the Netherlands, Austria, or Hungary from potentially leaving the union.
The Brexit was not a sudden event, but an evolution of past democratic referendum’s overturned and ignored.
A year ago Greece overwhelmingly voted to reject EU/Troika austerity demands. Brussels cut off Greece’s access to Euro notes, and put the Greek “revolution” quickly to rest.
Recently Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected a Ukraine-European Union treaty. Brussels brushed the vote aside as nothing more than a non-binding tantrum of the peasant class.
Now the big one hit, Brexit. The UK’s voice is too big to blackmail into submission, and too important to ignore.
The domino effect is now in play. France’s Marine Le Pen has pledged to hold a French referendum if she emerges victorious in next year’s presidential elections.
For those who think the EU is officially knocked out, think again. We are just at the very beginning of European liberation from the super state that is Brussels. The scaling down of the EU, and a return to a more sensible European integration and union will be a battle hard fought and take years, if not decades to reach its conclusion.
The unelected oligarchs in Brussels will not simply stand by and watch the serfs stage a revolt. Plan B is being quickly cobbled together. Angela Merkel is leading the charge to keep her dream of a United States of Europe from faltering.
Berlin’s finance ministry has already drafted a strategy document, poison pill, to float to the UK public.
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Angela Merkel’s country faces having to pay an extra £2.44billion a year to the annual EU budget once Britain has left.
Fears for the future of the EU have prompted German government officials to propose that Britain is offered “constructive exit negotiations”.
The aim is of making the UK an “associated partner country” of the EU, according to German newspaper Die Welt today.
Angela Merkel said: “There is no point beating about the bush: today is a watershed for Europe, it is a watershed for the European unification process.”
Brussels may have conceded defeat in this round of fighting, but their strategy to rule over the continent has not diminished. Call it a ‘full member’, or an ‘associate partner’, the EU is not ready to let go of Britain just yet.
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