The result of the UK’s EU referendum on Friday has divided the nation and little else seems to have been discussed on social media in the days since the ‘leave campaign’ won.
Articles about brexit supporters regretting their decision have been shared numerous times along with petitions to hold a second referendum. The value of the pound has plummeted and uncertainty in the stock-market is at its highest point for quite some time. David Cameron has announced his intention to resign, whilst Scotland has made it clear that they see their future as part of the European Union.
There seems to be a lot of negativity being shared on social media about the result and many media outlets are focusing on the struggles that may lay ahead for the UK.
However, the post shared below puts a very positive spin on the whole situation, comparing this ‘opportunity’ for the UK to what happened in Singapore 50 years ago after a similar referendum took place in the former British colony.
Singapore citizens voted to leave British colonial rule and join the new Federation of Malaysia. But following race riots that ran out of control, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and left as an island to fend for itself.
Since then it has developed into one of the most prosperous nations in the world. It is also:
- The No.1 most educated country, according to the OECD Global Education Report.
- The most innovative country, based on the Global Innovation Index published by INSEAD, WIPO & Cornell University.
- The world’s easiest country to do business in, according to the World Bank (7 years in a row)
- The No.1 country with the best business environment, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
- The No.1 city with the best investment potential, according to BERI.
- The most transparent country in the world, according to the Global Competitiveness Report.
- The 2nd most competitive country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum.
- The 2nd most technologically advanced country, according to the WEF Global Information Technology Report.
- Has one of the lowest levels of poverty and one of the highest density of millionaires in the world.
Singapore has achieved all of this 50 years after a separation that was seen at the time as a major crisis from which it might never recover.
It’s certainly worth a read…