Next Monday we citizens of the United States celebrate the 240th anniversary of our nation’s imperfect but grand and extraordinarily risky experiment in representative governance. Independence from “the Crown” had begun, but the outcome was far from certain. With that vote, actually held on July 2, 1776, the beginning of the end of a time when as the saying from “The Last of the Mohicans” goes, “British policies make the world England,” also commenced.
Flash forward to 2016, and just last week the world witnessed Great Britain celebrate, in a way, a new independence day of its own. On June 23, 2016, citizens of the sovereign nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, collectively Great Britain, or the United Kingdom, voted 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent to leave the European Union, ending 43 years of economic unity with the rest of Europe that began with its entrance into the European Common Market in 1973.Full Story »