London – July 2nd, 2016 | Demonstrators in central London take part in the pro-EU "March for Europe", tens of thousands strong, nine days after the deeply divisive British vote to leave the European Union.
“Sovereignty is not just at the national level; that's the mistake of Brexit that other people make.” -Emmanuel Macron
On Sovereignty: Many people oppose international organization like the EU or the UN on the basis of infringing on national sovereignty, but this view of sovereignty is oversimplified and reactionary. What really is sovereignty without in context with other actors? By pooling sovereignty, national goals are more easily attainable. Sovereignty is useless without the ability of controlling ones future, and the nationalist interpretation of sovereignty is, ironically, closer to “Jesus taking the wheel”. David Cameron explains this well: “Sovereignty really means: are you able to get things done? Are you able to change things, to fix things?— You might feel more sovereign, but if you can't get your businesses access to European markets, if you can't keep your people safe… you're less in charge of your destiny." In the context of the EU, a “continental sovereignty” exists, and many may see the precautions to preserve European sovereignty as infringing on the national sovereignty, but rather these precautions are made to preserve national sovereignty; because Europe’s biggest threat is itself. Pooling sovereignty to create a peaceful Europe is what is preventing a new reich or world war. The EU preserves national interests by creating an environment for grown. This has just been my thoughts, and I would love to hear yours!
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This is my lovely mum. She's the maker of me in more ways than we each probably care to admit. 40 years ago to the day she arrived in the UK as a sprightly 21-year-old ready to start a new life in Hull with my dad. Our lives are richer thanks to the culture and traditions she brought with her. And more than a little bit of Danish culture is continuing to enrich our family as we introduce it to the next generation. But it's not just our family or other families of immigrants whose lives are being enriched by other cultures. The UK as a whole is richer for all the customs and traditions introduced by immigrants wherever they're from. And beyond. The UK is, after all, a nation built on immigration. But now we wait with apprehension to see what a future Britain looks like for people like my mum. And it's such a shame that the choice of 51% of people who voted on that day in June 2016 have made people like my mum, who are in many ways pretty British except for nationality, feel that little bit less welcome despite their contribution over the years. I'm so happy my mum made that move 40 years ago today and I wish that movement could continue for all our sakes. #notinmyname#happyanniversary