The UK leaves the EU

  • 24 June 2016
  • NormanL
The UK leaves the EU

The big international news is the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron will resign, Scotland may push for another independence vote, and markets tumbled.

What does it all mean?

We'll have to wait and see. The process for the UK's exit from the EU will take two years, so there's plenty of wrangling to be done there. But already, some observers are wondering about the effects on our own presidential election.

We think those effects, if any, will be small to non-existant. The issues are different, the personalities and process are entirely different...but. 

There are some similar currents -- voters distrustful of, and disgusted with, their major political political parties, worried over the path their nations will take into the future. And they resent a post-crash economic system that increasingly favors the few as it punishes the many.

Those currents came into stark view in the UK vote. They are visible in the race for the U.S. presidency. And in other countries, in Europe and elsewhere, the discontent of those left out, ignored, derided...their resentment is real, growing, and may yet result in more and greater change to political systems around the globe.

There will be any number of theories, position papers, and op-eds in the weeks to come over what happens next -- in the UK, and even here at home. 

We'll have our eyes on the fundamentals -- organization, message, fundraising, and polling. The UK made a big step, make no mistake.

But the only step that really matters is the one American voters take this November.