On Britain’s “Independence Day”

Though the stock markets are reeling and Scotland and Northern Ireland–and maybe even London!— are considering leaving Great Britain, turning it into “Little Britain,” others are congratulating the United Kingdom for achieving “Independence” from the European Union.  Five more countries–France, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Finland–are now considering their own exits.  UPDATE:  Also Italy, Poland, and Slovakia.  After the jump, thoughts supporting Britain’s action from ex-Republican George Will. [Read more…]

Great Britain votes to leave the European Union

Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, 52%-48%.  Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the “Remain” effort despite bitter opposition in his party, has resigned.  He said that the formal exit would have to be worked out by the new leadership, which may take several months.  Meanwhile, the pound has collapsed.  Global markets are plunging.

Questions now that remain to be seen:

  • Will other countries likewise leave the EU?  Does the departure of one of its most important members mean the end of the European Union?
  • Does this herald the end of globalism and the end of multi-culturalism?
  • Does this mean Donald Trump, whose issues–anti-immigration, nationalism, economic protectionism–are similar to those of the “Leave” faction, is riding the wave of history?

What others come to mind?  What do you think will happen?  Please weigh in with your comments. [Read more…]

Britain votes today on whether to stay in the European Union

Today is the day that Great Britain votes on whether or not to stay in the European Union.  Last minute polls have the outcome too close to call.

What do you think will happen?  Do you think the “Brexit” movement (British exit) is of a piece with the rise of Donald Trump, as many are saying, since advocates of both are populists, nationalists, and dislike so much immigration?   [Read more…]

Those religious-extremist Anglicans

Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of the reaction is funny.  British commentator Douglas Murray discusses the new American counter-terrorism strategy, which, in its written form, never mentions “Islam.”  Terrorist-inspiring religious extremism is a problem, says Secretary of State John Kerry, for all religions.  Which has Mr. Murray worried about what’s going on with those Anglicans. [Read more…]

Trump’s foreign policy address

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump gave a major foreign policy address.  OUT:  nation building; military interventions; protecting other countries at our expense; globalism; international trade agreements.  IN:  our relationship with Russia; Americans’ economic interests.

Sound pretty good?  Or not?

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Obama threatens Great Britain if it leaves the EU

Great Britain is getting ready to vote on whether or not to exit the European Union, a cause that is going by the name “Brexit.”  Though surely whether or not to do that is the business of the British people, President Obama has weighed in on the matter.  

During his visit there, he went so far as to threaten the British that if they leave the EU, they would be “at the back of the queue” for any trade deals.  Threatening a nation’s economy if they do not bend to our will is essentially what the Saudi Arabia leadership did to the United States, to the general outrage of Americans.  Now the Brits are similarly outraged at Obama.  See the London Daily Express story after the jump. [Read more…]