Tag: European Union

English will not be an official EU language after Brexit, says senior MEP

Danuta Hübner, the head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO), warned Monday that English will not be one of the European Union’s official languages after Britain leaves the EU.   English is one of the EU’s 24 official languages because the U.K. identified it as its own official language, Hübner said. But as soon as Britain completes […]

Brexit: UK government shifts to damage control in Brexit turmoil

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The British government will not be triggering Article 50 at this stage.” He said that Britain would have to establish its new relationship with the European Union before doing so and that it would be up to the next prime minister and cabinet to decide. “Tomorrow is an opportunity […]

Brexit and the failure of European unification

The citizens of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union.   In doing so, they have undone a half-millennium of work toward pacifying the most war-torn continent on the planet earth.   Europe has always been at war with itself. The Pax Romana never fully pacified the Germanic tribes. Strife was frequent […]

After the referendum: Chaos was predicted and chaos has ensued

IT IS just 50 hours since the referendum result was announced. In that time, Britain’s prime minister has resigned, there has been a coup against the leader of the Labour party (still playing out as I write), sterling has had one of its biggest one-day falls in history, the banks are starting to talk about […]

Soros on Brexit

Billionaire investor George Soros said on Saturday that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union makes “disintegration of the EU practically irreversible,” and that the effects of Thursday’s referendum will likely damage Britain.   “Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and […]

The Brexit Vote Is a New Milestone in the Global War on Elites

In a stunning victory for the anti-establishment forces that have upended mainstream politics across the Western world, British voters chose on Thursday to pull their country out of the European Union, sending global markets into a tailspin and encouraging anti-E.U. forces across the continent to push for their own referenda on whether to break away. […]

Historic Brexit vote sends shockwaves through Europe, with calls for a slimmer EU

The British people’s vote to leave the European Union sent shock waves through that continent on Friday morning, strengthening those forces within the remaining 27 member EU states who want their governments to make a similar exist.   EU officials did their best to do damage control with its council president Donald Tusk stating: “this […]

Brexit Vote Sends Pound to 31-Year Low, Pummeling Markets

LONDON — Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world’s largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty.   Investors rushed to dump European shares as soon as markets […]

The Economist explains: What happens now that Britain has voted for Brexit

BRITAIN has voted for Brexit. What happens now? Nothing immediate, is the answer for EU nationals living in Britain and Britons living elsewhere in the EU, as well as for businesses on both sides of the Channel. It will all depend on negotiations that could take years—and no one is sure quite how many years, […]

The UK exit EU vote is second setback for Obama

President Barack Obama placed his prestige behind the UK opting to remain in the European Union and so the British vote to quit the EU in a historic referendum was a blow to him too, the second in 24 hours. The Brits criticized the president at the time for supporting Prime Minister David Cameron’s struggle […]