UK to ignore foul vote based on lies and fear - like Greece did in 2015?
The UK eliminated from Europe
David Cameron tried to misuse the referendum for his personal political gain and has risked the United Kingdom - as Scotland and others want to ‘exit’ now from former Great Britain - as well as peace in Northern Ireland. 1948, after two devastating World Wars Winston Churchill said: “It is to re-create the European family, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe.”
Unfortunately the United Kingdom has chosen to leave the EU, a major gamble for the future of Europe. The repercussions have already begun: Cameron has resigned. Cameron has also chosen not to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, leaving the activation to whomsoever succeeds him. Many are skeptical it will be activated at all: three million people have already signed an online petition demanding a re-vote of the referendum. Although Corbyn called for Article 50 to be invoked immediately he faces a coup with the resignation of a large number of cabinet members following the sacking of Hilary Benn. Meanwhile, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated Scotland could veto the referendum, after 62% voted Remain. Northern Ireland’s future is also in question as Sinn Fein are expected to make a similar breakaway statement.
Berlin - "We are one nation... We are one planet. We must live in peace." These words were spoken by Cinema for Peace patron Mikhail Gorbachev at the 2016 Gala. Migration; a topic as old as humanity itself, is once again prominent in the public sphere. How do politicians use migration to suit their own agenda? Here some examples of the Brexit propaganda:
The Leave campaign was based on collective fear of the unknown – all centering around the hotly-debated topic that is immigration. The right wing press often cites immigrants as the cause of pressure on social services, jobs and living standards. The campaign thus preyed on populist xenophobic rhetoric, such as the notion of the island becoming "full", to rally voters. Ultimately this strategy proved successful, with a wave of hate-crime and racial abuse being reported since the results.
Social Media: power in the modern age
London - The Leave campaign’s efficacy in the utilization of media contributed largely to the Brexit. Slick digital messages on social media platforms, especially in the rapidity of its pronouncements, led the opposition scrambling to debate rather than distributing their own information. While a political issue, the build up to the referendum was led by non-political organizations, defined by the opinions of the people and presented through the utilization of modern media. There is a distrust for the honesty of political messages and traditional news. The Internet provides a new discourse for public opinion and political strategy - without anybody editing truths and lies, hatred or populism.
Scotland voted for the EU. The misuse of the media has led to worse outcomes for the general public, through the manipulation of voters. Notably, Boris Johnson backed the populist campaign disbanding the advice of hundreds of economists who warned of the potential danger. The mendacious misuse of the public's trust is having devastating effects on the economy, with the pound falling to its lowest rate in 31 years and $2 trillion being wiped off global markets.
Questions must now be asked; should those who pledged false promises, or rather lies, be held to account for their irresponsible actions? The use of social media and fear was essential in pushing people to vote Leave, as one study in the New York Times shows.