Following Britain’s vote for Brexit, political parties in other countries are calling for people to be given a voice on their membership of the European Union. But, after the global reaction to the UK’s momentous decision, how likely are other members to push for referendum?
Although anxiety widely prevailed in the run-up to the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union, few could have predicted the full impact of the shock decision to leave. But with more than 17 million Britons voting to withdraw from Brussels, and Brexit beginning to look like a sure thing, the focus is now on second-guessing the likely outcomes.
The shockwaves of the UK’s referendum on EU membership are still being felt across the world. On Thursday 23 June, after weeks of vitriolic campaigning, more than 17 million Britons voted to retreat from Brussels, triumphing by a small margin and sparking what would appear to be an unstoppable movement towards a ‘Brexit’.
After months of heated campaigning that saw Westminster’s leading politicians locked in angry opposition, The United Kingdom voted last week to end 43 years of European Union membership in a historical decision that will resonate for years to come. The EU didn’t feature as a top-five issue in the last British general election, so what happened to cause such a momentous shift in the British pysche?
A recent study by researchers at Stanford University shows how details obtained from telephone calls as part of routine surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) may pose a threat to privacy of ordinary citizens.
Shockingly, despite only having access to anonymous ‘metadata’ on people’s calls and texts, and without seeing the contents of any of the communications, the Stanford scientists managed to ascertain individuals’ names, addresses and the names of their partners.