Brexit: Stupid people now realize voting matters

Enough! People told you that if you voted to leave, all hell would break loose. The experts said leaving would be bad. But you say, “Duh! I thought people would vote to stay!”

This is what they told you!

Financiers, economists and the smartest people on the planet told you what this all meant.

And your reaction?

“My vote: I didn’t think it was going to matter too much.”

And now you’re worried. You haven’t even begun to realize how much you’ve screwed up.

Well, let’s consider the impact on an especially stupid county in Britain:

On Thursday, 56 percent of all voters in the southwestern county of Cornwall voted in favor of leaving the European Union. It was a decision supported by a majority of the county’s members of Parliament.

But only one day later, Cornwall residents were asking, “What have we done?”

The county is heavily dependent on the more than 60 million British pounds ($82 million) in E.U. subsidies per year that are transferred to the region and that have helped finance infrastructure projects and education schemes. Now, county officials are panicking — fearing the worst for the county’s future and wondering why one of the most E.U.-dependent counties in Britain voted against the E.U. — and its money. …

Cornwall can hardly afford to go without the annual E.U. transfers or equivalent compensations by the British government: The county with more than 500,000 inhabitants is considered one of Britain’s poorest regions, and experts say further funding cuts could be catastrophic.

Anything else the guy who didn’t think his vote was going to matter should have thought about?

There has long been political jostling among the four nations that constitute the United Kingdom, but the so-called Brexit referendum has divided them in ways that mean they may not come back together again. England and Wales voted to leave the union. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Within hours, Scottish and Irish politicians raised the possibility that their nations would leave the United Kingdom so they could remain in the European Union.

“This outcome tonight dramatically changes the political landscape here in the North of Ireland,” said Declan Kearney, the chairman of the political party Sinn Fein, which has legislators in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has long sought their reunification. Mr. Kearney said Sinn Fein would seek a referendum to have Northern Ireland leave the United Kingdom and join Ireland, an independent country (and European Union member).

Scotland rejected a proposal to quit the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014, in part over concerns that as an independent country, it would be unable to join the European Union and would suffer economically. On Friday, Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said her party would “prepare the legislation that would be required to enable a new independence referendum to take place.”

And here’s how weak England and Wales are going to be. The United Kingdom is a nuclear power. But the nuclear arsenal is in Scotland. If I’m a Scot, I’m not giving that up.

One other thought. One of the media outlets that was full on “Let’s get out of the E.U.” was the Sun.


So, who owns the Sun?

It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. The Sun had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but in late 2013 slipped to second largest Saturday newspaper behind the Daily Mail.

That’s right. The company that brings us Fox News has supported the destruction of Great Britain (which isn’t so great anyway, so let’s call it Adequate Britain).

So let’s add this to my list of Any New News Corp. Atrocities.

Here’s my favorite part. Now that the Brits have voted to leave, they want to take their time leaving. I’m so glad E.U. leaders are telling them don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

The four largest political groups in the European Parliament are planning a motion to urge Britain to leave as quickly as possible and “avoid damaging delay,” according to deputies cited in the Sunday edition of The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The parliament’s president, Martin Schulz of Germany, appealed in his country’s largest-circulation newspaper, Bild, for swift negotiation of Britain’s departure.

That echoed the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who on Saturday called for immediate negotiations.

“It doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure,” he said of the British, whose prime minister, David Cameron, said on Friday that he would resign and leave all negotiations to his successor, who would be chosen by October.

So long, suckers!


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