Tuesday 25th July, 2017
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Let's adopt our own BIAEXIT refrerendum in Nigeria ..

Let's adopt our own BIAEXIT refrerendum in Nigeria ..

On 29thMarch 2017, the British government took an historic decision by formally triggering off or invoking the all-important ?article 50? of the European Union treaty of Rome signaling her final departure from the forty four year old European Union.

The recent British action to formally quit her membership of the 28 member nation organization came on the hills of the historic referendum organized by the British Government in 2016 to leave the European Union which the British people considered as anti- British interests and her democratic values and norms.

According to the British Prime Minister Theresa May, in her historic speech to the British Parliament, announcing the formal British departure from the E.U., the British people would no longer be subjected to the rather obnoxious and totally unacceptable laws of the E.U in far away Brussels, the E.U. Seat of power, but would now be able to conduct their own affairs based on the age long British democratic principles and values. In essence, the British people have now regained their independence from the rather unwieldy and incompatible European Union.

At the outset of the formation of the European Union (EU) the British never hid their disenchantment and lack of enthusiasm in the affairs of the E.U. occasioned by the bureaucratic bottlenecks as well as the undemocratic process often experienced in running the affairs of the E.U. at its Headquarters in Brussels. This total lack of enthusiasm obviously was responsible for the British out right refusal to join the European single monetary system, the ?Euro? but rather maintained her own monetary system, the British pound sterling considered to be stronger than the ?Euro?.

The European Union leaders at Brussels had always been suspicious of the British real motives within the Union and had often accused her of hypocrisy and always choosing and picking policies that only suited the British national interest thereby undermining the spirit and letters of the European Union charter.

It is however assumed that the European leaders will now heave a sigh of relief consequent upon the British final departure from the union despite the public expression of regrets and sadness by E.U. leaders in Berlin, Paris and Brussels. The European leaders had always considered the British posture as that of a dog in the manger or a clog in the wheel of progress by her ultra-conservatism.

Although an air of uncertainty seems to be hanging over the future of the twenty seven member nations of the European Union, none the less the European leaders seem to be determined and resolute more than ever before to maintain and further consolidate the unity of the Union despite the British unexpected departure from the E.U.

The British historic decision to leave the E.U., no doubt was greeted with mixed feelings across the countries that make up the European Union and even beyond, never-the-less the British decision should be respected by all and sundry as it was clearly the true reflection of the collective will of the British people freely expressed through the democratic process. It was indeed the beauty of democracy.

It is pertinent to mention in this piece however, that the Scottish Parliament which is an integral part of the United Kingdom recently approved the conduct of a second referendum or ?Scotexit? for the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom as a fallout or the consequence of ?Brexit?. It will be recalled that the Scottish people in 2014 organized the first referendum or ?Scotexit? for scotland?s independence from the United Kingdom but was narrowly defeated by a slim margin of votes. It is equally instructive to observe also that the Scottish people voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union during the ?Brexit? referendum unlike her counter parts in the United Kingdom such as England Wales and Northern Ireland who voted decisively to leave the E.U. and hence the Scottish current agitation to opt out of the U.K in order to maintain her membership of the European Union.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May recently visited the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh where she met with the 1st Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon ostensibly to dissuade her from proceeding with the second referendum for independence as was the case with her predecessor David Cameron who swiftly deployed his political dexterity and brinkmanship and dramatically turned the table against the proponents of the ?YES? vote who were already on the verge of securing decisive victory for the Scottish independence during that historic referendum.

Nze Akabogu (JP) wrote from Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State via: nzenwabuezeakabogu@yahoo.com

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