When the American colonies broke from British rule, it was all about "taxation without representation". Angry over the tax on imported tea from Britain, several colonists known as the Sons of Liberty staged the now famous Boston Tea Party by dumping chests of the tea into Boston's harbor.
Interestingly, the recent vote by the British to exit the European Union has some very interesting parallels to our own break with British rule.
While our rallying cry was "taxation without representation", the Brits complained of being ruled by "unelected bureaucrats" in Brussels. A somewhat similar complaint. But, there's one more thing. Interestingly, the EU was on the verge of banning the Brits beloved electric tea kettles. As a result, this became the symbol of the Brexit vote. Once again, tea was at the heart of the objection to excessive rule.
Maybe the British should have remembered the American Revolution before they originally agreed to join the European Union. A lesson that apparently went unlearned.
Boston Tea party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party
Brexit may be the start of something big. 'Unelected bureaucrats in Brussels controlling individual countries clearly is not working': http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/brexit-may-be-the-start-of-something-big/
How a Ban on Tea Kettles Could Drive Britain to a Brexit: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2016/06/15/How-Ban-Tea-Kettles-Could-Drive-Britain-Brexit
EU bureaucrats want your tea and toast. Arm yourself with a Dyson: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2016/jun/21/eu-refrendum-british-traditions-under-threat-brexit-leave-remain