The people of Great Britain have voted to leave the European Union (EU). What will be the major effect of this?
Although the stock markets have taken a hit, it does not appear that this is triggering an economic collapse, not yet anyway.
The biggest effect will be to accelerate the political and military union of German with other nations in continental Europe.
After World War II, leaders in Europe sought a way of preventing any future war between European states, particularly war between France and Germany. They thought that such a war could be prevented by binding the economies of the nations of Europe tightly together.
In 1951 six countries - France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg - signed the Treaty of Paris to form the European Coal and Steel Community. Later, these same nations signed the Treaty of Rome in 1958 to establish the European Economic Community. Great Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. Later, the European Economic Community became the European Union. Other states also joined an integrated Europe at various times.
Here is a link to a Wikipedia article on the European Union with an animated map that shows different countries being shaded in to reflect when they joined an integrated Europe:
Thus, Great Britain has been part of the effort to integrate Europe for the last 43 years.
But now they are on their way out.
The actual departure of Britain will take some time. British leaders may want it to take more time, and German leaders and many other European leaders want it to happen quickly. There is also the possibility that several other European nations will follow Britain's example.
But German leaders would like things to happen quickly.
What do the architects, the movers and shakers, who have designed and promoted European integration have in mind for Europe?
Initially, integration of the European states economically was promoted as a means of preventing future wars between European states. It was a means of preventing a re-occurrence of World Wars I and II. Later, it was promoted to the people of Europe as a means to economic prosperity. By reducing or eliminating tariffs between countries in Europe, goods and services could be traded more freely, and this would help the economy of Europe to prosper.
And it has prospered.
But I do not think economic prosperity was all the leaders of Europe had in mind. That was their excuse, the way they sold it to the common people. They promised them jobs and economic security, and for the most part they have delivered.
But the real goal of the leaders in Europe who helped to put this together has been the building of a new empire, an economic, political, and military union of European states that would have the strength to lead or dominate the world.
And Britain has been a drag on this process.
Britain and the other English-speaking nations of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have a special relationship based on similar cultures, a common language, and a common interest in foreign affairs for more than the last one hundred years.
The EU leaders do not see the future of Europe as being led by the United States. They want to lead the world apart from the United States, even in competition with the United States. But Britain, as a friend of the United States and as a nation that values its autonomy and independence and sovereignty, has always put a brake on fast European integration into a single, all-powerful state. Britain would never consent to becoming part of a European Empire. And the effect of British membership in the European Union has been to put the brakes on full integration.
But now Britain is on its way out, and the European Union leaders want to proceed full speed ahead with their empire building without Britain. And with Britain on the way out, they are in a hurry. They are impatient to get on with it.
And this is happening at a time when many in Europe are feeling that the United States is a weakening power and they need to unify and build a strong military of their own to defend their own interests.
In a sense, many in Britain may feel that their vote to leave the EU in the recent referendum was a vote for their own national independence from Europe, but it may actually turn out to be a vote for Europe's independence from Britain and the United States.
Germany has been the dominant nation in the EU, and now will be even more dominant. The brakes are off and the light is green. As soon as Britain is completely out of the EU, Germany and the rest of Europe that wants stronger integration can go full speed ahead.
There will be nothing to stop them from creating a unified state with full, centralized authority over all economic, social, political, and military matters, not restrained by the influence of Britain and Britain's English-speaking ally the United States.
In a sense, this helps to complete the process of German independence from its enemies that defeated it in World War II.
The English-speaking allies and the Russians were the main powers that defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. All Germany was occupied with Germany divided into four zones of occupation controlled by Great Britain, the United States, France, and the Soviet Union. Nazism was suppressed as much as possible. Germany was demilitarized. The zones of occupation controlled by Britain, the United States, and France became West Germany and the zone controlled by the Soviet Union became East Germany.
Germany was thus divided. West Germany was tightly integrated with the English-speaking nations through the NATO alliance, and then later when Britain joined the European Community another tie existed with the English-speaking nations. And East Germany was controlled by Russia.
But later the east European nations, including East Germany, were freed from Russian and communist control, and Germany reunited. Even the Soviet Union broke up.
Now Britain is on its way out of the European Community, severing a tie that bound Germany with the English-speaking nations.
NATO remains as the last strong formal tie between the English-speaking nations and Germany.
Germany has become free of the domination and control of Russia and is in the process of becoming free of the restraining influence of Great Britain and the United States. Soon, Germany will be totally free of the nations that defeated it in World War II and have controlled or strongly influenced Germany since then.
Moreover, the generations in Germany that remembered Hitler, the Nazis, and the suffering of World War II have almost completely died out. Most Germans today have no personal recollection of that war and no guilt about it.
The British referendum creates a clear path for the architects of European integration to finally realize their dream of empire, an empire fully independent of the influence or restraint of the English-speaking nations of the world.
Germany and a number of European nations will go the way they want without restriction.
They will create an empire. It may be very different from the existing European Union. Rules may be changed. But the goal will be the same - to lead (or dominate) the world.
And that empire will be dominated by the strongest European nation: Germany.
Fasten your seat belts. Full speed ahead.