You’ve probably heard or read about Brexit. But do you really understand it? What happened is the citizens in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland voted on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not the UK should leave or stay in the European Union [economic and political union between 28 European countries].
The Brexit results were 52% to leave and 48% to stay. More than 30 million (71.8%) people participated in the Brexit vote.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably confused about the Brexit vote and may have questions, such as:
- What does this mean for travel to the UK?
- How will this affect my Great Britain vacation?
- Is it safe to travel to the UK?
- How far will the U.S. dollar go?
It’s too early to know the consequences of Brexit. And rumblings of a revote have been circulating throughout the UK. No one knows if this will or will not happen.
But for now, read on to learn about Brexit. Please avoid buying into the fear surrounding the vote. Remember the words found on a World War II poster, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
What You Need to Know about Brexit
Everyone in the U.K. voted on whether or not to stay or leave the European Union.
The EU became a “single market” where goods and people move around as if the 19 members of the European Union were one country. It uses the euro for currency, has its own parliament, and it sets rules for the environment, transport, consumer rights, and even mobile phone charges.
Voters turned out in record numbers and the result was 52% casting their vote to say ‘goodbye’ to the EU. This resulted in Brexit: The merging of the words Britain and exit.
Many U.K. citizens have questions about traveling to EU countries, continuing to work in the EU, and more.
Takeaway: For U.S. citizens, the Brexit resulted in the dollar being stronger. This may influence whether or not Americans increase their travel to the U.K.
To learn more, visit the BBC.
New York Times
The historic decision to leave the European Union still has countries, both governments and citizens, on edge. Those who voted against staying in the EU did so because they feel it’s changed throughout the years with regards to the size and reach of bureaucracy. They felt it diminished Britain’s influence and sovereignty.
Those who voted to stay believe that the U.K. needs to be part of a larger block of like-minded countries, so that they may have real influence and security in the world. Kind of like a ‘safety in numbers’ mentality. People who voted to stay believe that leaving will be economically costly.
Prime Minister Cameron wants the UK to stay with the European Union. If efforts fail, he may lose his job. Large businesses and independent economists want to stay, too. Michael Gove, the justice minister, and Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, are leading the “leave” camp. Half of the Conservative members of Parliament favor leaving, as do members of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP). They’re concerned with immigration and sovereignty.
Takeaway: The economic effect of Brexit remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, people will continue to travel to the U.K.
To learn more, visit the New York Times.
Will Britain be led by a woman? Since the U.K. voted to divorce itself from the European Union, many have speculated that a woman, either Theresa May or Andrea Leadsom, could become the next Prime Minister; May secured 199 votes and Leadsom 84. Margaret Thatcher held the office from 1979 to 1990.
Theresa May has been home secretary since 2010. She won votes from Conservative MPs from left to right, from leavers to remainers. May is delighted to have won much support from colleagues.
Some questions how a Remainer could possibly be the best candidate for Prime Minister for the exit deal. But May believes Britain wants more than a “Brexit prime minister.”
On the other hand, Andrea Leadsom, energy minister, seems to have come from nowhere and is a serious contender for the job. She’s stated that she would invoke Article 50 to begin the separation process from the EU.
Leadsom entered Parliament in 2010 after a career in the financial sector. She’s faced questions regarding resumé. Some believe it does not accurately reflect her career in the financial world. Nonetheless, she’s amassed quite a following.
Takeaway: Stay tuned to this race. And who knows? The next time you visit the U.K., it may be run by a woman.
To learn more, visit CNN.
Are You Ready to Travel to the U.K. Despite Brexit?
If you’re concerned about Brexit, you need quit worrying. Seriously. Stop it! Why? Because you can’t change the vote – it happened.
And whether or not the divorce between Britain and the European Union is finalized, one thing is for certain. People won’t stop traveling to the U.K. Why? Because London, England, Edinburgh, Scotland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Cardiff, Wales attract visitors each year.
The U.K. is and will remain a popular vacation destination!
Let go of the fear surrounding Brexit and just travel. You can’t change the vote. And even if somehow it was reversed, it wouldn’t change the fact that people love the U.K.