The British House of Commons began debate on the Brexit bill on January 31st. Britain hopes to begin formal divorce proceedings from the EU this spring. Since the separation may get nasty, expect Great Britain to grow closer to the United States in hopes of a free trade agreement.
While immigration is currently a hot topic in the U.S., it’s equally as hot in Europe, and one of the reasons the British people chose to leave the EU. The people of Britain want security and control of their borders. Sound familiar?
Like most countries in the west, they are trying to find a balance between security, trade and immigration; yet, remain a sovereign nation and protect their culture.
The globalist over played their hand in both Europe and United States. Individual freedom was lost under their oppressive bureaucracy in Washington and Brussels. The grand plan for the EU is coming apart and the people in the U.S. are tired of being global police officers, fighting wars for others.
Nationalist are now rising to power, opposing the globalist; moving Europe and United States to be more inward focused.
This is a big change since the end of World War II. I’m not judging whether turning inward is the right move or not, but it will impact the geopolitical chessboard in the decades to come. It’s a major shift from what the world has known for the past 70 plus years.
However, like globalist, the nationalist will over play their hand. If their inward focus becomes extreme, countries isolate themselves. This will most likely lead to greater instability around the world.
Can we find balance? Knowing the heart of man and our fallen nature, most likely not. We like our extremes, which never ends well.