Many significant figures in business, politics, and the media openly campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU. Since June’s Brexit vote, elite pushback has persisted, if not accelerated, threatening the vote’s result. Rather than oppose the British people, these figures should focus on making the most of the opportunities presented by Brexit.
On his last international trip as president, Barack Obama gave an important speech in Athens on democracy. In it, he hailed European integration as “one of the great political and economic achievements of human history.” He is right to defend democracy, but his comments betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the European Union, which has been an undemocratic organization from its inception. Democracy is on the rise in Europe, and whatever comes next cannot include the EU.
The small Belgian region of Wallonia held up the 7-year Canada-EU trade agreement process in October. Though some argue this is overreach by a small constituency, effectively hijacking the trade deal, this is far from being the case. Wallonia’s decision reflects the genuine concerns of many Europeans, who have not yet had the opportunity to be heard.