The "Brexit" debate, about Britain possibly leaving the European Union, isn't as boring as it sounds to a lot of non-international investors or globalists. Brexit is actually all about sovereignty, nationalism, borders, and throwing off the status quo. And that's why this referendum could be an indicator for the U.S. presidential election, which is increasingly becoming about the exact same issues.
To put it even more brashly: If pro-leave Brexit wins, it's a signal that Trump could win. And the UK polls are starting to show that "leave" is likely to win.
It's easy to understand that the "start over" philosophy describes both the "pro-leave the E.U." and pro-Donald Trump camps. That is not to say that Brexit supporters support Trump and Trump supporters support or even care about the Brexit vote. But it does mean they share the same kind of disenchantment with the political status quo and they support what's been portrayed as a radical solution to change it. Especially after the Orlando terror-shooting incident, both the "pro-leave the E.U." forces and Trump voters are willing to embrace a decidedly risky choice as opposed to those who say leaving the E.U. or voting for Trump would be too risky. And this great divide in Britain and the U.S. is growing along the same economic, ideological, and generational lines.
In the Brexit debate, there's a clear difference between how the pro-E.U. forces in the U.K. and the pro-leave groups look at money and democracy. Is money the key to everything, not only in economics, but also politics, nationalism, and the very notion of personal liberty? It sure seems that the pro-stay politicians and corporate leaders think so. And thus, the pro-stay forces have already won a tremendous victory because almost every published and broadcast story about the vote focuses only on the immediate economic effects. The pro-E.U. forces say leaving will hurt the U.K. economically, while the pro-leave camp disputes that. The pro-stay forces are betting British voters will not want to risk suffering those immediate economic effects and will simply be frightened into remaining in the E.U.
Those arguments have ideological appeal to free-market capitalists with historical knowledge, and even economic liberals who happen to be fans of political liberty and democratic accountability, (remember those people?).