After the Brexit vote, many people have taken to Twitter to shame Britain over its past colonialism, according to Mic.
— Derek Simon (@DartmouthDerek) June 24, 2016
One of the major factors for many British people when it came to voting to leave the European Union (EU) was the fear of immigrants and refugees. Some of the campaigns encouraging Britain to leave the EU have actually used blatantly racist rhetoric, according to the Washington Post.
It's pretty funny to see a former colonial power withdraw from international institutions because it fears migrants. #Brexit
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 24, 2016
— Indian Stats (@Indian_stats) June 24, 2016
The Mail on Sunday found that the Leave campaign had been infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other far-Right groups.
“Vote Leave leaders last night disowned the far-Right activists who have latched on to their campaign,” wrote the Mail on Sunday. “There is no suggestion they are responsible for the extremists’ conduct. A spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately there is little we can do about undesirable characters buying our merchandise and distributing it. We do not want to be associated in any way with such people.'”
With the refugee crisis affecting most of Europe, many used anti-refugee sentiments to convince people to vote for leaving the EU.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to resign after the Brexit vote, according to the BBC News. He will hold his post until October while the country figures out who will be the next prime minister.
“The British people have made the very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” Cameron said Friday. “I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”
“The British people have voted to leave the European Union (EU) and their will must be respected,” Cameron said after the Brexit vote. “The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”
Beyond the people who voted to leave the EU over immigration concerns, many voted to leave the EU because they believed it would improve the British economy.
“The dawn is breaking over an independent United Kingdom,” U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Friday, according to the New Yorker. “This will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people. We have fought against the multinationals. We have fought against the big merchant banks. We have fought against the big parties… I hope this victory brings down this failed project.”
Many have argued leaving the EU will be terrible for Britain’s economy, and the British pound fell to its lowest value since 1985 after the Brexit vote, according to CNN. Experts have said many of the trade benefits gained by being part of the EU could be lost after Brexit.
People in the financial industries aren’t the only ones worried about what will happen after the Brexit. There are many other industries impacted by the European Union. Scientists, for one, are very worried by the prospect of Britain leaving the EU, according to Vox.
A lot of funding and cooperation for scientists comes from within the EU, and scientists are worried they could lose that when Britain leaves the EU. Nature conducted a poll in March with over 600 scientists and found 83 percent wanted to stay in the EU.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Friday after Brexit that soon the United States will declare its independence.
“Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first,” Trump said of Brexit. “They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people.”
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