On Thursday the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The British people have rejected the globalist project of the European elites. Prime Minister David Cameron, that project's chief British representative, has resigned.
"The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected," Cameron said.
"I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again"
The historic vote can be seen in the context of a European-wide resurgence of nationalism and populism, a reaction to increasingly aggressive globalization of which the E.U. is a driving force.
Anti-EU feeling has been growing in Europe for years, manifested by widespread "anti-austerity" protests, resistance to mass immigration, and the rise of nationalist/populist conservative parties across the continent.
The vote will no doubt encourage and embolden Eurosceptic political parties in France, Hungary, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Holland and elsewhere. Indeed it already has.
"We want be in charge of our own country, our own money, our own borders, and our own immigration policy," Dutch politician Geert Wilders said in a statement on Friday. The day before the vote Marine Le Pen of the Front National in France called for a French referendum, while the Italian anti-Establishment Five Star movement called for an Italian vote on the E.U..
Likewise it is and will surely continue to discourage pro-EU forces across Europe. Former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb called the result a "bad nightmare," while France's President Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Merkel held an emergency phone call Friday morning.
The E.U. has long been seen in Britain to be dominated by France and Germany. The Establishments of both countries were vocal in their opposition to Brexit in the days and weeks leading up to the vote. Merkel claimed in early June that "one nation alone will never be able to achieve such good results."
What those results are exactly, aside from loss of national sovereignty and mass migration, is hard to say -- the E.U.'s share of global GDP has been declining for some time.
Ironically, the flood of Muslim migrants into Europe for which many argue Merkel is directly responsible likely played some role in influencing the majority of British voters to vote in favor of Brexit.
"I compare Brussels to the Berlin Wall. If Great Britain knocks down part of the wall, it's finished, it's over"
The Telegraph is reporting that senior E.U. officials have also warned of a domino effect of states following Britain out of the bloc. Many predict an exodus of member states would signal the end of the European project, and the Brexit vote would be recorded in history as its death knell.
"Brexit would be marvelous - extraordinary - for all European peoples who long for freedom... Objectively, it will be the beginning of the end of the European Union," Le Pen said last December.
"I compare Brussels to the Berlin Wall. If Great Britain knocks down part of the wall, it's finished, it's over," she added. Symbolically, in the weeks preceding the Brexit vote Switzerland officially withdrew its application for membership.
The vote also has potential implications for U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. The E.U. embodies the very same things which Trump rails against daily. It forces upon the British people mass immigration, unfair trade deals, and serves only the small, global financial elite.
"I see similar themes on both sides of the Atlantic - a strong sense of threatened national identity, anti-globalization, nostalgia, and a sense that elites aren't accountable," Wendy Rahn, a political science professor at the University of Minnesota, told Reuters on Tuesday.
On major issues, the man the Establishment loves to hate has changed America's dialogue
"The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy," Trump said in a statement early Friday morning."
"Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first," Trump's statement continued, "They will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again."
The Brexit vote gives Trump the opportunity to present himself in a broader context -- it proves that he's not tapping into some nasty, bigoted vein of American society, as asserted by elites in the media, but rather the desire, widespread across the globe, for national sovereignty, secure borders, and government accountable to the people.
"It's an amazing vote because the voters are angry," Trump said while in Scotland Friday. "They took back their country and that's a great thing."