Brexit and Donald Trump: The message against globalization
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 – As a new dawn of economic and territorial freedom breaks across Great Britain a majority of its voters decided to leave the European Union.
Many political watchers and pundits are asking if the populist majority win in Britain gives Trump’s presidential campaign an election year boost?
For the past several months the highly charged anti-Brussels anti-establishment political revolt sent shockwaves across the island nation. What is certainly clear is that a majority of the British bookmakers, and political elites did not or did not want to see that the will of the people was more than just merely surface dissatisfaction.
The anger was real.
Britain Prime Minister David Cameron who campaigned heavily for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union literally staked his popularity as well as his job on the vote. He lost and announced on Friday that he would be resigning his office.
This historic vote was more reflective of the deeply rooted dissatisfaction that many Briton’s were feeling about not owning their own destiny, and having it dictated to them by EU leaders in Brussels.
In fact, over the past several years many voters felt that there was a growing lack of concern for what the common people were feeling with falling wages, disappearing jobs and a surrendering of their national borders to Brussels’ open border edicts.
Leaders from groups like Britain First focused on how England’s leaders like Cameron appeared disconnected from the idea of making Britain first.
As the vote drew nearer the dire predictions made by prime minister grew louder for remaining in the EU rather than focusing on how to regain the nation’s borders as well as its economic sovereignty. Instead the prime minister forecast that the nation would become a literal second-class inconsequential entity if it abandoned its linkage with the European Union.
Of course, President Barack Obama, an internationalist to his core, jumped into the political Brexit battle on a recent visit to England in April. He warned Britons that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US if England chose to leave the EU.
Obama also promised that if the nation remained hitched to the EU, that at some future point in time there would be a free-trade agreement created between both nations.
But the president indicated that his true goal was to sacrifice any immediate free-trade deal with the United Kingdom.
“I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done” reported the Guardian.
For British voters those words had to sting because the president from across the pond was saying that the nation which has stood as America’s longest international ally and friend was going to take a backseat on jobs and trade deals.
In effect, Brussels, like the Wall Street monetary chieftains in America would call the shots while the people in England suffer economically as well as continue to lose control of their national borders.
Fortunately for the British supporters of the EU exit plan, House of Commons Leader Cabinet minister Chris Grayling had a different take on Obama’s comments. According to the Guardian, Grayling stressed,
“We don’t have a free trade agreement now and we are already one of the US’s main trading partners. Equally our security partnership has little to do with the EU. So it feels rather as if today was about politics and not reality. We should not give up our independence just because of what President Obama said.”
Obama makes promises that he has no intention on keeping. Sound familiar?
Obama calls for internationalist super government control of sovereignty of a nation which is exactly the opposite of what the populist revolution in England and America is moving against.
In fact, unlike Hillary Clinton who like Obama is an internationalist. Donald Trump, the prospective GOP presidential nominee came out in support of Brexit.
In April at his major foreign policy speech Trump struck a familiar nationalist theme which would have been welcomed at any British Brexit rally when he stressed, “We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,”
Today, speaking from Scotland on Friday, Trump reiterated his support for England’s exit from the EU. He backed the United Kingdom voters and their concerted effort for taking “their country back.” He even compared the historic referendum vote to America’s presidential populist driven election.
“People really see a big parallel.” He added, “What I like is that I love to see people take their country back. And that’s really what’s happening in the United States,” according to ABC News.