Concluding the impact Brexit will have on the United Kingdom and Europe as a whole
Words by Husam Elgenied
Does it matter what type of EU membership you have?
Brexit will mean an across-the-board review of those rules and it looks as though the mood in government is to initiate constraints on freedom of work and society as a whole. In return, seemingly British Citizens will take related restrictions. There are 27 countries in the EU, excluding the UK. Britain first applied to join the EU in 1961 but it was not until 1969 that the application was accepted. What could happen now? Who could leave next? It was said by the President of the European Council that after Brexit, it could seriously impact the Western Political civilization. Since the announcement of Brexit, Denmark has considered leaving which would then continue the changes in the shape of the European Union. Also, smaller countries that would have joined together with the United Kingdom, now do not have that support. Sweden is one of these countries. When asked about their views on the future of the European Union 44% of the population in the Netherlands answered that they think that some power should be given back to the national government and less power should be held by the EU. On the contrary, only 35% of Spain agreed with the same statement.
During the campaigning period of the EU referendum, the media coverage generally was negative and especially towards the migration to the UK. When Kings College London considered how many reports were written about the topic, more than 12,000 were found. In these reports, it was found that the most cover topics where the economy and immigration. Critics have slammed the media for their irresponsible reporting of Brexit and immigration as a topic, broaching the topic with often inflammatory, emotive or inappropriate narratives which are clear attempt to sway public opening.
For instance, Immigration media interest tripled during the campaign period. Along with this, 99 front pages were covered in the news about Brexit and 79 of these front pages were produced by pro-leave newspapers. Not all the newspaper reports pleased everyone though, there were complaints about The Sun, The Mail and The Express about the fact that there were certain nationalities that were being singled out. They were particularly Turkish, Albanian, Romanian and Polish. The negative and in some opinions unfair reports resulted in a damaged trust from the public. One phrase was used 739 times by 20 different publishers; “Project Fear” which was attached, very successfully, to the remain campaign. With 13,049 reports covering health, immigration and economy, the effect of Brexit definitely was covering the UK’s newspapers. Reports were not only in newspapers but across social media, BuzzFeed and broadcasters such as BBC, ITV and Sky which, by law, were required to be neutral about the vote.
It is clear that the consequences of Brexit are complex and wide-ranging. Triggering debates and discussions across social media as well as traditional media it is evident that no analyst or expert can truly predict the UK’s future politically, economically or socially. For many European countries, this poses a challenge – how to maintain close trading ties with the UK. For others, it is a question of how to use the opportunity to become a greater influence across extant member countries. Irrespective of this, the UK will need to assert their position as a country that is open to trade.