In an event that very few thought was possible, the people of Great Britain voted to secede from the European Union yesterday which sent shockwaves across the world. The vote to Leave not only was prevalent in the rural areas of England, Wales and parts of Northern Ireland, but also in areas of solid leftist support such as Sunderland, Wigan, Leeds, Birmingham and Stockton-on-Tees in the north of England. Many of these areas have seen massive decline in their industries such as coal, steel and shipbuilding that was the backbone of Labor support in the 20th Century. Many people in those areas saw the current governmental structure as one where prosperity was limited only to the wealthy areas of Central London.
Many in Britain were fed up with the lack of representation in the European Parliament where decisions were being made not by their representatives, but by unelected bureaucrats that made rules and regulations by decree. Another thought one must consider. It is impossible to get a sense of what the population wants when you have a government like the EU that makes decisions for almost 500 million people. With this vote, the people of Britain have a chance to develop a form of representation that is a bit more manageable through their parliament at Westminster. A British MP represents about 70,000 people as opposed to an MEP in the European Parliament where each member represents an average of 700,000 in Strasbourg.
Nicola Strugeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party stated yesterday that she wants a referendum on secession of Scotland from the whole of Britain in order to rejoin the EU. To that I say “let them go.” Self-determination is now the hot item. Perhaps the contagion might spread to our shores where the voice of the people is slowly being crushed by the dictates of unelected bureaucrats and unelected judges in Washington. Can a “Texit” be that far into the future?
Kirpatrick Sale is an advocate of small government not only on its size, but also on its land coverage. He stated: “The virtue of small government is that the mistakes are small as well…If you want to leave a nation you think is corrupt, inefficient, militaristic, oppressive, repressive, but you don’t want to move to Canada or France, what do you do? Well, the way is through secession, where you could stay home and be where you want to be.” The genie is out of the bottle. Let liberty reign.