Dividing Harmony: Thoughts on Brexit

I was in the EU last week while the British population was at the polls voting on one of the most significant issues of the year; whether the UK should leave the EU or stay. If you haven't seen the news yet, it was something close to a resounding yes. Of course, there are some who want to stay and possible fallout with Scotland (which they seem to go back and forth with leaving the UK anyways).

My thoughts before the vote took place: please UK, leave!

Now before anyone gets mad about an American having opinions on European political matters, I would like to point out that this is just opinion and my own thoughts so you needn't worry about them mattering to anyone. I'm not moving to Europe and voting because I feel they are doing it wrong. So, no worries!

I was talking to a man from the UK who was living in another EU country at the time and he shared that he was somewhat fearful of the UK leaving (though he wanted them to) because the EU might retaliate with bans and immigration problems. Definitely a possibility I think and especially with the quick fallout and dislike for Britons we have seen in the media, I can understand his fears, but this should not be the case!

The EU needs to realize that they have been doing something wrong. Why would anyone want to leave if everything is fine? If there are any intelligent people running the EU, I figure they will realize that they still need the UK to be their friend. It would be in the best interest of EU countries to realize they need to get their act together, balance their own budgets, and fix their problems as they have been relying a little too much on stronger countries like the UK.

I've only traveled in Europe for less than half a year's total time but I have already realized that larger, more powerful countries give in more to the EU than they get out of it. Power, money, and resources flow from the more prosperous nations to the less fortunate.

If the EU punishes the UK for leaving, it will only hurt them in the long run. With the recent rise of terrorism, the refugee crisis, and Russian forces amassing on the border, the EU needs more help but will only loose their allies and friends if they impose regulations on the UK.

So, I think the EU, if it wants to stay together, needs to fix its problems and be friendly with the UK even though they may never get that country back into the EU.

So, those are my thoughts on the Brexit issue. My further thoughts on the EU are that it should break apart. I believe it would be in the best interest of the countries there to break apart and regulate themselves. I see no problem with countries working together without having to be governed by one body. But that is an entirely different issue that I may or may not write on in the future.

P.S. I wrote this only a day or so ago and have a few more thoughts in light of the recent violence in the UK and the fallout with the EU. It doesn't seem the breakup will go so well which will not be very good for the EU as I've said. Also, the violence against non-Britons that I have heard has taken place since the decision is something that I am definitely not for. I don't see any reason to be aggressive against other countries just because the UK has decided to leave the EU. I think leaving in peace will turn out the best for both sides but we will continue to see how this plays out in the upcoming months.