Finding a Brexit
In a referendum last June, Britain voted to leave the European Union (E.U.), a decision known as Brexit. The European Union is a political and economic union of 28 European nations that, among other things, allows for freedom of movement for people and goods among member states. The Brexit vote was fueled by concerns over immigration and loss of jobs in the United Kingdom (U.K). But many experts think the decision to break away from the European Union may ultimately hurt the U.K. economy. Last month, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May started the “divorce” process, which is expected to take two years. But negotiating the U.K.’s new relationship with the 27 European nations that will remain in the E.U. could be a complicated process.
- What’s happening in the cartoon, and where is it taking place?
- Who is the person holding the U.K. flag? What is she trying to find?
- Why do you think the cartoonist represented Brexit as a labyrinth? Do you agree or disagree with that point of view?
- Do you think Brexit will be beneficial to the U.K.? Explain.
- Many Americans who voted for President Trump did so because they were also concerned about immigration and jobs at home. Why do you think people in different parts of the world are concerned about these issues?