A Global Is­sue

Augustman - - Prelude -

BY THE TIME THIS MAG­A­ZINE IS OUT, we’ll know defini­tively if the United King­dom has de­cided to re­tain or forge a new part­ner­ship with the Euro­pean Union or elected to sep­a­rate it­self en­tirely from the multi-na­tional union that has shaped the Euro­pean con­ti­nent’s fortunes for the last two decades. No mat­ter the de­ci­sion, it marks a se­ri­ous rup­ture in the 28-mem­ber bloc and high­lights nu­mer­ous is­sues that have plagued the fed­er­a­tion and which has been shown up in­creas­ingly un­der the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal duress the re­gion and its Mid­dle East­ern neigh­bours are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Im­mi­gra­tion, se­cu­rity, eco­nomic pol­icy, le­gal is­sues all mark the sovereignty of a coun­try and the Euro­pean Union has of­ten dared to share its lib­eral mind­ed­ness with the mem­ber states. This has made it one of the most ad­mirable and cov­eted con­ti­nents to live in, which is also its own down­fall. With­out in­te­grat­ing these new­com­ers, the in­evitabil­ity of ex­trem­ism arises. Whether Brexit hap­pens or not, it’s a call for the EU to fig­ure out how to fix its prob­lems in­stead of just drag­ging its mem­ber states kick­ing and scream­ing along its own planned path and sweep­ing their is­sues un­der the prover­bial rug.

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