The people of the United Kingdom have a big decision to make on 23 June.
As an American, it is very much not my place to advise my British friends on what they should do or which decision they should make on the June 23rd referendum to stay in (“Remain”) or leave (“Brexit”) the European Union, a.k.a., the would-be “United States of Europe.” It is not my desire to repeat the foolishness of President Obama, sticking his nose where it does not belong and is not welcome. That said, I am and have always been 100% behind Brexit, and I would rejoice if the people of Great Britain decided to make that decision.
Europe is not the U.S.; its nation-states have been sovereign entities (or, sometimes, collections of smaller – but culturally and ethnically related – sovereign entities for centuries, even millennia, before the United States was even a gleam in its Founders’ eyes. While In sincerely hope and pray the countries of Europe can live and work together as brothers and sisters, and avoid the fratricidal wars that wracked them in the 20th and previous centuries, each deserves its own integrity, sovereignty, and destiny. Enforcing homogeneity upon them all benefits no one except the bureaucrats in Brussels, and a handful of multinational corporations.
Britain in particular, an island nation and once the centerpiece of a global Empire on which the sun never set, has always stood apart. Even today, much of her former Empire remains closely allied, as part of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly British Commonwealth), comprising 53 nations including 16 Commonwealth Realms for whom Her Majesty The Queen is Head of State, and including 2.2 billion of the world’s 6-point-something billion inhabitants. And as this article points out, trade with her Commonwealth partners is hampered, not facilitated, by her membership in the EU.
As I say, it is not my place to tell Britain and her people what they should do, or even to make a recommendation. But to me, Brexit makes by far the greater sense, and I shall be very happy if Britain votes that way on the 23rd of June. “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”