Many in the United States are focused on the impeachment debacle. But there is another related issue that is related to Donald Trump’s brand of exclusion politics – Brexit. The UK will likely vote again on the issue of Brexit on December 12. It is not a direct referendum on Brexit, but rather a vote to change the makeup of the government. But because the UK has failed to complete Brexit, the upcoming election could derail Brexit permanently, depending on who is elected.
In many ways, the upcoming UK elections are a referendum on Brexit.
Like the upcoming vote on Brexit, the impeachment of Donald Trump is also a referendum on what U.S. voters think about nationalism versus globalism.
Yesterday, the House voted 232 to 196 to proceed with a more public investigation into the conduct of Donald Trump. The vote was along party lines, with two Democrats voting against the impeachment process. All Republicans voted against the impeachment process.
The Brexit votes have been controversial as well.
The December 12 UK election will not deliver a clear end to Brexit, rather it could deliver a parliament that remains paralyzed on Brexit, ensuring that the UK remains married to the EU.
Likewise, how the Senate deals with the impeachment of Donald Trump may demonstrate that the U.S. voters may want to move away from xenophobic nationalism towards more inclusive global national policies. Or, it signal staying the course of xenophobia.
Brexit and impeachment are tied in that they may signal whether the world is ready to continue down that path towards inclusive global cooperation. Or, both outcomes may signal that nationalism remains the politics of the two countries.
Will 2019 be the moment that the world’s politics return to inclusiveness?