The World Changed Overnight

The European Union is now to be written as a postscript. Thanks to British voters, who were given an extremely rare chance to have a say on one of the biggest issues affecting their lives, who were allowed a rare vote on the fate of globalization and neoliberal practice, we are treated to the celebration of a world where sovereignty still matters. Far from a thing of the past, self-determination will now remake the world of the immediate future. The stern advice, dire warnings, commanding lectures, and even threats offered by a plethora of financial elites, economists, a whole range of academic experts and European and US political leaders, came to naught.

Trump’s Absurd, Solipsistic Response to Brexit

All-Brexit Significant Digits For Friday, June 24, 2016

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Britain has voted to exit the European Union, a news event so transformational that it’s taking over Significant Digits. Your regularly-scheduled, topically-omnivorous Significant Digits resumes Monday.

Arab perspectives on Brexit

Most Arab Intellectuals see the Brexit vote as defeat for Britain and the beginning of the end for EU.
EU Referendum: Unfinished business?

Just five weeks ago, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, anticipating a close-finish in the EU referendum, told The Mirror, “In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.”

 

Nationalist leaders in both Scotland and Northern Ireland ponder independence referendums following Brexit.
Brexit Is Also a Big Blow to the Environment

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here with permission via Climate Desk

UK 2017 EU presidency raises concerns

Even though it is already on an exit trajectory, the UK is still due to assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July 2017. But it would be surreal if the UK presides over a Union that it is going to leave
European President Jean-Claude Juncker gave a joint statement to the press on Friday morning (24 June), representing the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, and Council of the EU on the British referendum on membership of the EU.
Scotland’s first minister says a second independence referendum is “highly likely” after the UK voted to leave the EU.

OUT won because the EU establishment have made it impossible, through their anti-democratic reign (not to mention the asphyxiation of weaker countries like Greece), for the people of Britain to imagine a democratic EU.

‘Earthquake for Europe’

Quotes from the world press on Britain’s EU referendum.
Google says there was a large spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK’s decision to leave the EU broke.
In one word: Brussels reacts to Brexit

We asked people in Brussels to sum up in just one word their thoughts about the UK’s decision to leave the EU. .
The Presidents of the European institutions have sent reassuring emails to EU officials of British nationality, telling them not to worry about their jobs just yet after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. But some still fear for their position in the longer run.

The Brexit votes have been counted. The Brits have decided to leave the European Union. And the financial markets are taking it hard. Right now, futures on the London stock exchange are down 8%. The pound is down 9.8 percent, more than double its previous record decline of 4.1 percent. We’re living in interesting times.

It’s too early to make sound and comprehensive forecasts on how Brexit will affect the Turkey-EU relationship, but it appears likely that Turkey’s accession will be delayed amid the processes associated with Britain’s departure
EU Referendum: Farage declares ‘independence day’

UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells supporters that “dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom”, as votes are counted in the EU Referendum.

UK votes to Leave the European Union – now is a time for calm

UK votes to Leave the European Union – now is a time for calm

Britain’s newspapers take sides on Brexit

In the last days and weeks, one by one, all major British newspapers have publicly come out on their chosen sides ahead of tomorrow’s (23 June) referendum on Europe.
More than 1,280 executives, including directors from 51 FTSE 100 companies, back the UK’s membership of the EU, as entrepreneur Sir James Dyson leads support for Brexit.
The UK has its credit rating outlook cut to “negative” by leading financial agency Moody’s, as outgoing PM David Cameron faces pressure to speed up “divorce” talks with the EU.
Britain was urged to send its divorce letter to Brussels without delay as EU leaders prepare for a series of crisis meetings to ensure the transition is as painless as possible.
Polish fears

Poles in the UK feel uncertain, and the country’s government fears the loss of an ally at the Brussels negotiating table, writes Adam Easton in Warsaw.
Viewpoint: Brexit throws EU off balance

Brexit is a political earthquake for the EU and hard bargaining lies ahead, Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform writes.
EU Referendum: What have you done, England and Wales?

Brexiteers offered Britain an alternative that is a mirage – full access to the EU market without free movement of persons. The country has voted for something it will be impossible to deliver.

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at the gates of Downing Street in central London after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

 

Brexit and the rise of the far right

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Far Right achieved its most important victory in British electoral history.

David Cameron announces his resignation after the shock Brexit vote. Paimages/Daniel Leal-Olivas. All rights reserved.On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Far Right achieved its most important victory in British electoral history. Its referendum campaign rode to victory on one issue, immigration.

 

EU referendum: What do Greeks think of Brexit?

The BBC’s Richard Galpin gauges the mood in Athens, after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Just one day to go – then the British will decide in a referendum whether the UK exits the EU or remains. Many commentators worry about the potential consequences of a Brexit. Others long for a liberating shock that will finally pave the way for reforms.
Brave New World – first reflections on Brexit

The UK has stepped back from Europe, stepped back from the world – and in the process done deep damage to itself, the EU and the wider world.

Nigel Farage: victorious. PAimages/Matt Dunham. All rights reserved.The shockwaves from England and Wales’ Brexit vote will reverberate and grow for months and years to come.

 

British voters today (23 June) chose to leave the European Union, sparking fears over the future of the EU, the UK, and the economy, and forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
As Britain votes to leave the European Union, political figures from around the world react to the news.
Post-Colonial Brexit Blues

The anti-colonial rhetoric used by Brexit campaigners was uniquely familiar to surviving subjects of the British empire, and their children. Joel Schalit reflects on the memories it raised for him as an Israeli, and the son of one of the country’s founding families.
“After The UK Referendum: Europe At A Crossroads” by Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

The vote for Brexit has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership of the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe.

EU referendum: Leave and Remain clash in BBC Great Debate

Leading names from both sides of the EU referendum trade blows in a live TV debate at Wembley Arena ahead of the last day of campaigning before Thursday’s vote.

Racism and the EU referendum: a state of emergency

In the turbulent times that lie ahead, the search for anti-racist futures has acquired a new degree of urgency.

Roma Children being mocked by England fans; fair use.

 

Sunday Express admits ’12m Turks coming to UK’ story was inaccurate

Newspaper carries ‘clarification’ in which it states that the total headlined in its front page article was based on a flawed opinion poll question

 

Here’s how The Economist, The Times and The Conversation are trying to stand out in their coverage of Britain’s upcoming vote on Thursday

Mapping the EU Referendum on Twitter

Mark Graham on 17 June 2016 at 15:19PM

The EU in 10 objects: The car

Matthew Price explains what the car tell us about the European Union

#greekdocs: an archive for documentaries about the crisis in Greece

Independent media production in the context of austerity and declining media trust can allow for an exploration of documentary as a genre at the crossroads of journalistic and activist practice. Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

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