As the vote is scheduled to take place on June 23, 2016, the Brexit referendum stirs reactions globally. Leaders from Europe and the U.S. have mobilized in order to convince Britain to remain in the European Union.
Brexit Stirs Reactions in U.S. And All Over Europe
The U.K. referendum that will take place on June 23, 2016, stirs reactions in the United States. The U.S. Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen stated that there could be significant economic repercussions if U.K. votes to leave EU. Yellen appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on June 21, and said that ”it is an important relationship, a vote to leave would be significant for the U.K. and Europe as a whole.”
The Brexit referendum also stirs reactions all over Europe. The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban also believes that Britains’s exit from EU will have economic consequences. He appealed to emotions and solidarity, and added that “Hungary is proud to stand with U.K. as a member of the European Union.” France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden are also concerned and they tried, through media, to convince the British voters to choose to remain in EU at the referendum.
The EU released their opinion on the Brexit referendum on June 20. The European Council president, Donald Tusk urged the U.K. to vote for unity. “Stay with us. We need you. Without you, not only Europe but the whole western community will become weaker,” implored Tusk.
U.K. Leaders React As the Brexit Approaches
On June 21, 2016, David Cameron, the U.K.’s prime minister, reacted to the oncoming Brexit. He said that the vote will be irreversible and that the British should take the decision thinking of their future because, he mentioned, “we are safer in Europe that out on our own.” Cameron also stated that a British exit from EU will damage both the economy and national security of U.K.
Another important British voice that believes Britain should vote to stay in the EU and vote accordingly is the former soccer player David Beckham. He said that the problems of the world should be faced together and not alone.
However, there are some major voices that insist on the fact that U.K. needs to leave the European Union after the Brexit referendum. For example, Justice Secretary Michael Gove suggested on June 21, that he may quit his job if the results of the Brexit vote is that Britain will leave the EU is announced. Gove also said that the voters should make their decision in accordance with the European issues.
The British referendum on leaving EU that stirs reactions globally will take place on June 23. British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 will be able to vote if the U.K. should leave or remain a member of the EU. The Brexit is being held because Cameron’s rivals believe that the British people should choose whether they like or not the EU control over their lives. The results of the referendum will be announced on June 24.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
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