The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, aptly dubbed “Brexit,” carried considerable consequences for the UK, […]
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The View from Across the Pond What the Conservative Landslide Means (or Does Not Mean) for the 2020 Elections
Isabella Wilkinson Johnson’s gamble has paid off. The House of Commons now seats 365 Tory MPs, a majority […]
Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Ph.D. The hand-wringing over Brexit continues apace. With reports of preparatory stockpiling, previously-secure immigrants scrambling […]
By Allison Schlossberg
The outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom in June 2016 sent shockwaves through the entire global community. Even though multiple world leaders like Barack Obama and Angela Merkel encouraged British voters to remain within the European Union, ultimately the majority of voters decided to leave the organization. I could not believe the results, and remember reading and watching the coverage extensively to understand the reasons why British citizens wanted to leave the EU. One of the most striking reports was that Google searches for “What is the EU?” skyrocketed after the results were finalized. I could not comprehend that citizens of a Western European, highly educated democracy were seemingly not aware of the impact of the EU in their country prior to Election Day.