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Brexit or Not, Europe Is Falling Apart

Brexit or Not, Europe Is Falling Apart
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By Wednesday, 22 June 2016 07:05 AM Current | Bio | Archive


Tomorrow our friends across the pond vote on the Brexit question. Sadly, their votes won’t bind the U.K. government. Parliament is free to ignore the votes.

No matter. The European Union will fall apart soon enough.

Having outlived whatever value it once had, the EU lives on borrowed time. The history and geography that leave Europe fragmented will regain control – maybe soon. The global trend is against powerful central government and towards decentralized local homogeneity.

Citizens everywhere are reaching the same conclusion: If we must have government, we want it run by people like us – culturally, religiously and linguistically. In other words, democracy.

That desire helped tear apart the Soviet Union. It keeps the Middle East wracked with violence. It’s why average Americans see Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as strikes against the establishment.

The European Union delivers the opposite of democracy.

Unaccountable Brussels bureaucrats, elected by no one, force one-size-fits-all policies on supposedly independent nations. Then when a country complains, they either stonewall or spend years negotiating exceptions. That’s not a union. It is an unsustainable mess.

There’s another problem, too.

Have you ever met anyone from Europe? Did he or she shake your hand and say, “Hi, I’m European?”

No. They told you they were French, German, Polish, Italian, or whatever nationality with which they identify. They do this because the EU isn’t a nation. It is a filing cabinet, once convenient but now overstuffed and rusty.

Other than a few diehard dreamers, no one loves the EU or feels any great loyalty to it.

That why I think the U.K. will vote to leave, despite the dire warnings of economic chaos.

Some of the warnings are true. If it happens, Brexit will create monetary havoc and economic uncertainty. People are willing to take that chance because they think the alternative is even worse.

EU-loving elites are making a very simple mistake: they assume economic self-interest is what motivates people. Usually that’s true. Not this time.

More than money, people are loyal to their family, their friends, those they see every day.

And when they see suffering and unhappiness, they will do what they can to help… even vote for Brexit.

Patrick Watson is an Austin-based financial writer. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickW

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Tomorrow our friends across the pond vote on the Brexit question. Sadly, their votes won't bind the U.K. government. Parliament is free to ignore the votes.
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