The European Union ( Eu )

1691 Words Jul 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Brexit, Enlightenment, Colonialism, and Beyond
The European Union (EU), a partnership of 28 European countries, evolved from the European Economic Community in 1957 that contained six original members, not including Great Britain. The primary objective of the EU is to increase trade and movement of goods, services, and people, and to ensure economic growth between these nations. It also enacts legislation relating to justice and international affairs. On June 23rd, 2016 the Brexit referendum was held. The decision to leave won with a small victory of 52% with almost 72% of eligible electorates vote (Wheeler, Hunt). The United Kingdom’s vote out of the European Union, also known as Brexit, can be traced back to the ideals from Enlightenment and Colonial times and will eventually lead to a shift in the world’s economy, politics, environment, and more.
The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the EU can be traced back to liberal ideas of the Enlightenment as well as the ideals which drove key democratic revolutions, including the American and French Revolutions. Starting in the late 1600s, in the midst of the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment began. The general ideals of the Enlightenment were the practice of reason over faith, the importance of the individual, increased liberalism, the significance of personal experience, and progress. These ideals coalesced into the fundamentals of contemporary nationalism that were the cornerstone of the Enlightenment (Soboslai,…

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