Brexit and EU Elections

One could almost think that this Brexit isn’t going anywhere.

Because three years after a referendum in which a narrow majority voted, ostensibly, against fellow Europeans being part of the political decision-making process (and for British people being excluded from the European decision-making process, although I am not sure if voters thought that far), this European non-Brit seems to be able to vote in the United Kingdom:

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So, despite Brexiteers lambasting the European Union as “undemocratic”, I can now elect a British representative in the European Parliament. Arguably, this election is more democratic than that for the British Parliament, let alone that for the English Parliament, because it is based on proportional representation. Oh wait, there is no English Parliament. Because oddly enough, only Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have parliaments. Hold on, the Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended for two years and Northern Ireland is ruled directly by Westminster, pretty much like India was until 1947.

Speaking of democracy, the EU has neither a monarch, nor a House of Lords, in which, among other remnants of centuries past, there are 26 bishops appointed by the church. (But only English bishops, none from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland! Bishops from there can vote in the EU election, though.)

My suggestion for a compromise in this Brexit mess is that the United Kingdom will remain in the European Union, but the EU will adopt elements of the political system of this quirky island. It may seem dysfunctional at times, but funny it certainly is.


About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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3 Responses to Brexit and EU Elections

  1. I am quite surprised how the UK is still working with such a House of Commons seemingly looking more like an odd antique museum. It is a wonder that Bruxelles did not create a new regulation in this regard, but now it is too late.

    • Recently, I heard a theory that British parliamentarianism was established as a sport for the aristocracy after they were not allowed to rule directly. Now, they get elected to the House of Commons, where they joyfully debate matters which are of no real concern to them, as they can continue to live off their vast estates and will retire to Bermuda anyway.

  2. Pingback: Brexit und die Europawahl | Der reisende Reporter

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