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Effect of Brexit on global education?

24 June 2016

The recent referendum on Britain leaving the European Union seems to be like a political Kurzweil singularity: no one knows what’s going to happen now, other than everything’s going to be different.  Amazingly, perhaps even surprisingly, that theme of “no one knows” might have informed the winning voters; the Washington Post reports that Britons today are asking Google questions that probably should have been searched up at least a day or two ago.

Ultimately, the vote seems to be a means of expressing frustration against globalization, according to the Christian Science Monitor. A frustration which, in the United States in 2016 and on a blog that frankly would love to get more hits, leads us to Donald Trump, who coincidentally–and my students know I like to say that in literature and in life, there are no coincidences–was in Scotland at the time of the vote, and who tells us Brexit is a wonderful idea in this press conference.

(Posting this photo is a shameless attempt at getting more visits to my site and does not imply endorsement of or agreement with Mr. Trump's views.)

Donald Trump answers questions about Brexit this morning during a press conference at the opening of his Turnberry golf resort.

Wait, Scotland–wasn’t that the place that narrowly voted two years ago to remain within the United Kingdom rather than form an independent nation? Yup, that Scotland. The smart-alecks on staff here at Globalcitizenshipe want to point out here that in a way Scotland achieved independence by being the only British national team not to qualify for the European soccer championship; England, Wales and Northern Ireland have even all qualified for the round of 16.

Which brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation to the Republic of Ireland, which became independent from Britain in 1922, also qualified for the round of 16 at the euros, and has no intention of leaving the EU. In fact, Ireland’s status within the EU is leading Martin McGuiness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, to call for his home six counties to be allowed to separate from Britain and unite with Ireland.

The Telegraph offers a regional (or perhaps national in the cases of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) breakdown here: Scotland, Northern Ireland and the city of London were the only areas where remaining in the EU earned the majority of votes.

We close reminding ourselves and you as well that this site promises to focus on global education: What’s the potential effect there? (By the way, many of my previous copy editors have railed against overuse of the word “impact” to mean simply “effect,” but it was very hard to follow their principles just then.) Tremendous according to Inside Higher Ed, The Independent (which reports that universities do not plan to raise tuition for EU students), Schools Week (which projects continued turmoil in K-12 funding), and The Times Higher Education report with a general article here, a focus on EU students–of whom over a quarter million a year take advantage of the Erasmus+ program, allowing them to study from three months to a year in another EU country–here, and a focus on attracting/keeping EU faculty at UK universities here.


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