War or referendum: The British example

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Barring any last-minute miracle, Britain is out of the European Union. A referendum sanctioned by an over-confident Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, produced a shock result that signalled the exit of Britain from the EU in what has now come to be tagged Brexit (or British exit).The margin was close: 51.9 for exit and 49.1 for stay – and that is what makes it even more painful for the gallant losers. The demography of the poll shows that the oldies voted for exit while the youth wanted to remain in Europe. Cosmopolitan London as well as Scotland also voted EU. Scotland has thus begun to rue its own decision in a recent referendum to remain in the United Kingdom instead of becoming an independent nation of its own. It may now want to revisit the issue in view of new developments. Some radicals are also pushing London to “secede”, so to say, and go with EU. Cameron, on his part, is quitting as PM because, according to him, he cannot midwife a cause or navigate a course he does not believe in. That is integrity and the path of honour, although there are many who are accusing him of putting fire to the house and bolting! As they say, winners never quit and quitters never win. Encouraged and buoyed by the outcome of the Scotland referendum, Cameron had thought to win the EU argument as well – but he terribly misfired. Although some incurable optimists are still reaching out for last-grasp straws to undo what has been done apart; the next line of action is to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU in such a way that will cause less pain and dislocation to those exiting and those remaining in the Union. In the interim, many of the analyses, conjectures, …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper