On 23 June, the UK finally settled the question that's been rumbling close to the surface of British politics for a generation: should the country remain within the European Union or go at it alone. With a final result of 52 to 48 percent in favour of Brexit, the country gained the right to celebrate the restoration of British constitutional sovereignty and legal autonomy. Amidst much speculations on the negatives about Brexit, let's focus on some positives that might result from the referendum.
Firstly, not only will a post-EU Britain regain its global independence, but it can also foster greater international stability. The UK will be able to make its own laws and will truly choose who governs them. Theresa May has stepped in and has taken over the reigns, as wished by the Brits. Thus, Britain has refused to be bullied. This was a great democratic decision in which people stood firm for a better future. In a world where the US, Russia, China and the EU are currently major players, a post-Brexit UK can evolve into an effective power bloc with the revival and strengthening of the Commonwealth. It is all about having faith in itself.
Secondly, immigration is another area where Britan can benfit from. Under EU law, Britain could not prevent anyone from another member state coming to live in the country – while Britons benefited from an equivalent right to live and work anywhere else in the EU. The result has been a huge increase in immigration into Britain, particularly from eastern and southern Europe. However, with Brexit, the UK will be able to control its own borders and treat people across the world equally, rather than giving EU citizens preference. There are currently 2.93m workers from outside the EU working in the UK. China and India are the biggest source of foreign workers in the country. Thus pro-Brexit campaigners would not necessarily reduce immigration, but said that it should be up to the British Government to set the rules.
Thirdly, and most importantly, the main issue where Britan is “saved” is National security. Former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who was in favour of Brexit, said we were leaving the "door open" to terrorist attacks by remaining in the EU. "This open border does not allow us to check and control people," he said. Thus, by leaving the EU, Britan will be able to determine who does and does not enter the UK. As far as sharing information goes, UK and Europe would immediately craft new intelligence-sharing mechanisms in the interest of mutual security. In addition, the UK enjoys strong bilateral security and intelligence cooperation with key European allies such as France and Germany, and will continue to have a privileged relationship with the US as part of the Five Eyes. Brexit may well cause some institutional disruption (and fray bilateral relations), but counter-terrorism cooperation is likely to remain relatively insulated.
Thus, believe it or not, Brexit is happening. Britain has now the power to shape its future by honing its own policies and devising its own laws and standing up as a power to be reckoned with.