by John Brian Shannon | June 24, 2016
The People Have Spoken!
On the heels of United Kingdom’s June 23rd referendum centred on the question of whether UK citizens prefer to ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ the European Union, the results show that 52% of citizens voted to ‘Leave’ the EU, while 48% voted to ‘Remain’.
Within hours, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to resign no later than November, 2016 saying outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning that he is “not the captain to steer the country through negotiations with the European Union.”
It is always heartening to see democracy in action, and PM David Cameron is to be commended for sending this historic moment to the people of the United Kingdom for decision — rather than simply trying to ram EU membership through the House of Commons without allowing the people to have their say.
Politicians in both camps also ran a very respectful campaign with few, if any, occurrences of untoward behavior — although partisanship was running high, as you might expect.
Yesterday’s vote exemplifies the best that democracy offers our civilization and highlights the moral courage of citizens to vote their conscience and the high level of decorum demonstrated by people who live in the United Kingdom. Not one act of violence or intimidation has been reported and there was no need to station military tank units or machine gun posts outside polling stations in order to guarantee the safety of voters — as is (very unfortunately) required in some nations.
Although some may be disappointed with the result, life will go on, and the people of the United Kingdom will continue to set a wonderful democratic example for the rest of the world.
Each successful democratic poll in the Western democracies, such as yesterday’s referendum, strengthens democracy not only in the UK, but around the world.
I very sincerely thank the citizens of the United Kingdom and their politicians, and the citizens and government of the European Union for their enduring commitment to our shared democratic ideals.
Yesterday’s historic vote sets another great example for our civilization.