What is Brexit?
Brexit, the celebrity couple name for "Britain" and "Exit," is a policy for a United Kingdom divorce from the European Union that passed Friday morning with a public referendum. The British people voted/broted to peace from the EU, with 52% of the British brublic voting to leave and 48% broting to stay.
What is the European Union?
Remember the time throughout basically all history when European countries were at war with one another? Like, there was literally a conflict called the Hundred Years' War? Surely you must remember World War I? And World War II, arguably the craziest one (and not just because it inspired the most movies), where England and Germany (at the risk of sounding too scholarly) bombed the sh*t out of each other? And that was only 71 years ago!
Well, after World War II ended with a bang, postwar governments throughout Europe started a program to foster economic cooperation, because countries that trade with each other are less likely to go to war with each other (countries that trade together, stay together).
Economic partnership bloomed into political partnership, a "single market" that allows both goods and people to move throughout the continent as if it were one country.
Much like a singular country, the EU had its own parliament based in Brussels, Belgium, that makes policies about things like transport, the environment, and consumer and human rights.
Why is Brexit?
Well, many British chaps didn't like the idea of having to take "orders" from an entity across the English Channel, and having "foreigners" cross the Channel onto their shores so easily.
Much like the rise of Trump in the US, the UK's desire to leave the EU was largely enflamed by xenophobia. Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), is like the British Trump, campaigning to get his way with posters of refugees lining up at the border of Slovenia, a member of the EU. Much like Trump blaming America's problems on immigrants (both Muslim and Mexican), Farage insists that the UK must "take back control of [its] borders" and stop letting foreign entities (in Belgium!) make decisions on policies like trade deals.
Farage also campaigned for the Brexit using Trumpian fear tactics and a nationalism that boils down to "Make Great Britain Great Again." The following sizzle reel features the "great days" of WWII, and what looks like the Royal Wedding.
How is Brexit?
Much like a divorce between humans, the divorce between the UK and the EU will not be easy. And it'll be expensive. Prime Minister David Cameron, a proponent of the Remain campaign, has resigned, and it'll be up to his successor to gradually withdraw its investments in the EU and craft the new policies.
Plus, like a human divorce, it is up in the air who gets custody of the UK citizens in the EU and the EU citizens in the UK.
Is this good or bad?
This viral comment from Financial Times says it best. Thank you, Internet!
Plus, listen to Farage himself admit that the Leave propaganda was just that—propaganda.
The triumph of xenophobic propaganda might even be indicative of a future Trump victory. But one thing is for certain: in today's democracies, facts seem to matter less than fear.