There’s a lot of gloating over media headlines that just hours after the vote, the British were “frantically googling” what the EU is. How they know that the googlers were frantic or were the same people who voted to leave the EU is unexplained.
Among the top questions reported by Google are “What does it mean to leave the EU?” & “What will happen now that we’ve left the EU?”
Truth is, most of us don’t know a lot about the economics of the EU because its racist, xenophobic treatment of refugees has so dominated the news in the past several years.
I don’t know more about the economics of the EU than most people so we should all be googling up those questions without facing taunting. It is relevant to note that in the 1990s while traveling in Dingle, Ireland, I met several fishermen who complained bitterly that as a result of EU policies, their livelihoods were being destroyed by Spanish trawlers in Irish territorial waters who used dragnets to haul in everything that swam.
Actually, I have done some research on EU economic policies in Eastern Europe particularly. It is straightforward imposition of neoliberal austerity on working people & gentrification programs that displace hundreds of thousands of urban poor for infrastructure projects like highways to facilitate intercontinental commercial travel.