Trump's Wall & Brexit - Similarities and Differences

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We might mock Trump and his wall, and how bad what he's doing is, but, honestly, Brexit is no different. I'm compiling a list of the similarities and differences between Trump's Border Wall that separates Mexico from the U.S.A, and Brexit - Britain leaving the E.U - separating themselves.

These are a few:

Similarities

  • They both divide countries, families and nations

This really is a quite obvious similarity, because as I've stated before, Trump's Wall divides Mexico from America, and Brexit divides Britain from the countries in the E.U.

How can you turn your back to somebody who is hungry? And just close your borders, saying "No, don't come, you can't, and we don't want you". There is a saying that goes, "How can you sleep when your neighbour is hungry?". How can these leaders, who have everything; power, money etc. represent whole countries, and disregard people's opinions?

  • Both Americans and British people have mixed views - some regret, and some don't

Press this link for a video the BBC made that I found quite interesting.

"A year after they cast their vote for President Trump, voters in Florida are reassessing their choice. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan caught up with them." is the caption. Basically, Rajini Vaidyanathan (the reporter) spoke to some voters about their choice, and what they voted. A year later, and the reporter talks to them again. Three different people, Three different types of voters; Sandra, who doesn't regret her vote at all; a "die-hard" supporter; Holis, who "has problems with his governing", but would probably vote for him again, and says that the only reason she voted for Donald Trump was because the whole country would be pushed to globalism*; and Ally, who changes her mind on a day-to-day basis (but mostly says she in fact wouldn't "back" or vote for him again).

With Brexit, I know many people who do regret voting to Leave, and some who are fully happy with their decision. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a video relating to Brexit like the one above.

  • Brexit and Trump's Wall are both leaving cultures and countries that have been together for a long time

For example, Britain joined the E.U on the 1st January 1973 - about 46 and a half years ago now (since it's 2019, 2019-1973. Thank me for the maths later). So they are leaving 46.5 years worth of... friendship, if you will. We've traded, and visited, but now we can't (or at least it will be really hard to).

"Since the late nineteenth century during the regime of President Porfirio Díaz (1876–1911), the two countries have had close diplomatic and economic ties." This statement refers to Mexico and the U.S of A. You can see, it really is a long time, and a lot must've happened during that time.

Again, these are a few:

Differences

  • I like to think Trump's Wall won't happen, although Brexit might

This statement is the most controversial (well, the only) topic I've mentioned on this list. Some may argue; meaning some may say, "No, Trump's Wall will happen, but Brexit won't"- either way, it's a difference.

In the political arena, people don't have much confidence in Trump (some had no choice but to vote for him. I'm relating to Hollis, who didn't want America to be "pushed" into globalism*). So far, at least Theresa May seems like quite a decent person; trying to deal with the issue pushed upon her. Brexit wasn't May's decision, though it was entirely Trump's to build the "Big, Beautiful Wall" of his.

  • Brexit divides many countries, whereas Trump's Wall will only divide the American continent, and Mexico

Brexit stands for Britain-Exit. Britain will exit the EU, and its 28 countries. On the contrary, Trump's Wall will only divide the American Continent, and Mexico, like I've said before. Do you think this makes Brexit more important than Trump's Wall, since it affects more than one country?

  • Brexit has more social, financial and political effects globally

The header really just explains itself; I don't think there's any need for further explanation.

In Conclusion,

Trump's Wall and Brexit both have their shares of similarities, and differences. To be perfectly honest, they are both really quite similar (although they have their differences), and both have elements of unfairness in them. I thoroughly enjoyed re-searching this, and will put a couple of links below that I used.

Links: (just click them)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-41851273/trump-voters-speak-out-a-year-after-the-us-election

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico%E2%80%93United_States_relations (I quoted the first bit of the paragraph)

https://ukandeu.ac.uk/fact-figures/when-did-britain-decide-to-join-the-european-union/

*This is a tricky word, so here's the definition:

Globalism - the operation or planning of economic and foreign policy on a global basis.

Comments (5)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 13 May 2019

    This is a thoroughly researched article and shows really perceptive thinking about how the two things might be similar and different. Well done! Can you think about the perspectives of the people involved? How might a person from Mexico feel similarly to an EU migrant? Can you think about the experience from their point of view?

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  • Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg lively_flute
    Pimlico Primary Academy 14 May 2019

    I agree but people in the E.U. can see people in Britain but it will just be harder and longer because you will need a Visa card.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 16 May 2019

    Thank you so very much!! I’ll now answer the questions:

    I think that Theresa May might have a lot of pressure on her, especially at this time, where the vote to leave or remain was split nearly 50/50. I guess she knows that they’re going to be lots of disagreements. I think, as I’ve said in my post previously, that she’s going about it reasonably well; since it really just had been dumped on her; it wasn’t her decision to divide the E.U. and the U.K. Maybe because of all this pressure, she can’t control all the people’s opinions at once, and so can’t make the best possible decisions. Suppose this is why the Brexit date got pushed back? She didn’t have the time?
    Trump however is a different matter. Building the wall across Mexico and the U.S.A was entirely his idea (I’m repeating what I’ve said in the above post because it frustrates me, although I do think it makes a great point). However, perhaps the agreements of the Americans (like Sandra in the BBC video) made him go forward with the idea, building it up and up, till it comes to a point where the country is split (another reason why Brexit and Trump’s Wall are similar!), and Trump has this eagerness, where he IS going to do and WILL do it – even if it means declaring the situation an “emergency”.

    Honestly, I think it’s a bit rich coming from someone whose parents have immigrated to America for a better life. Earth doesn’t belong to anyone; we’re just borrowing from the next generation (a Red-Indian saying that I agree with). In the meantime, if we are capable of helping someone, why close the doors on them? Most immigrants are hard-working people, who just want a better life; or a better start.

    Both of them, Mexicans and people from Europe, are having harsh treatments from the politicians on the land they are living on. They are being treated like a statistic; simple names or numbers on some papers. These vile politicians have no heart – otherwise why divide families? This is inhuman treatment. You can’t just go to your neighbour and say, “We don’t want you. Get out.”, can you? I’m sure your familiar with the sing-song saying, “Sharing is Caring” that you were taught in Nursery. If adults tell children this at a young age, why on earth would they not do the same?
    I think Mexicans and E.U migrants are feeling unwanted, confused, worried about their future, and simply panicky. Most of them have settled here; they have relations there and have worked hard to be where they are. Some people have spent such a long time away, that they can’t handle the change. Perhaps people could even have nothing to go back to; they thought they could permanently move – then this goes ahead and happens. Some might even feel betrayed – no one told them to go or that they were unwanted when they were doing cheap labour. But no, they “needed” them then. So, this just shows that when it seemed to suit politicians, and managers, and bosses, E.U migrants and Mexicans could stay.

    Life will stop in America and in the U.K if all the farmers, cleaners, chefs, doctors, scientists, cooks, teachers, surgeons and many more leave because they are “unwanted”. If we leave the unskilled to do complex jobs, it will end in disaster. But What of the human side of this?


    I know I’ve written a little TOO much on this comment, but I really feel that this is an important issue, and have enjoyed writing this comment immensely!

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg storytelling_piccolo
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    I agree we are doing the exact same as Donald trump building a wall but with Brexit. Everyone one in both situations is unsure if either will happen.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg respectful_grape
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019 in reply to lively_flute's comment

    I agree but disagree as well

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