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The fog of war in North Carolina

With certainty, North Carolina is in a battle. Not with an occupying force from another country but from within. And at present, “within” is winning. Yesterday was a remarkable day both in world affairs and finances. After citizens of the United Kingdom decided to detach themselves from the European Union (Brexit), reality began to set in. Where objectivity and intelligence took a backseat to ignorance. And while there are legitimate concerns for “independence”, a vote to secede was the end result. In the late 1980’s, I spent two weeks in England.

Brexit vote reflects alarming increase in xenophobia

And it would be foolish to not attribute some of it to Trumpism:

For months, the political and economic elite had looked on with growing apprehension as Britain flirted with a choice — popularly known as Brexit — that experts had warned could lead to global recession and a rip in the Western alliance. The vote could also lead to Scottish secession, a broader E.U. unraveling and the fall of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.

But most analysts had predicted this pragmatically minded country would ultimately back away from the move, and opt to keep Britain in an organization regarded as a pillar of the global economic and political order. Instead, a majority of British voters heeded the call of pro-Brexit campaigners to liberate the nation from what many here regard as an oppressive Brussels bureaucracy that enables mass migration into the country.

At first glance, the results appear eerily similar to what we see here in North Carolina and many other red/purple states: Major metropolitan areas swing one way (remain) while rural areas chose another (leave). But a deeper look into the votes reveals some good news. Voters aged 18-49 overwhelmingly chose to remain, to not succumb to anti-immigrant fervor. Again, very similar to how young people over here feel about race and immigration. But while the "Trump effect" may be dying, it's a slow death that may take longer than we'd care to wait:

*Author's note: We usually try to keep BlueNC content relevant to North Carolina issues, but Brexit may have consequences that reach us even here.

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