The EU referendum is on its way, a chance for people to decide whether or not they want Britain to remain in or leave the European Union. I don’t know about you but, I have found it really difficult to follow all the pros and cons of everything throughout this. It appears that nobody has presented facts which is making people struggle to decide either way.
Everything I read is like “stay because x but also this isn’t completely certain so leave…” All the articles about it just seem to show that nobody knows anything for sure. I think, with this situation, we need to accept that. As we do not know how the rest of the EU will treat Britain if they leave, everything is speculation.
For example, there’s a lot being said about the importance of trade within the EU. While some people think this is a reason to remain, others think we can leave and still negotiate trade agreements which are beneficial. This might be true but again, we simply do not know. So the question really is: do you want things to stay as they are or do you want to take the risk and see what happens if we leave the EU?
Personally, I do not think that the risk is worth it. Leaving the EU would mean that it might take years to reach agreements about trade and movement around Europe. In the mean time, it is likely that Britain will suffer. With voting just around the corner, it is important to note that people are more likely to vote for a change, voting feels more important if you think it’s going to make a difference. So if you do want to stay in the EU, then vote to stay because you need to remember that the result of this will impact everyone.
Why I am voting to remain in the EU:
- Free movement around Europe. I might want to study/live abroad at some point and this would be much more difficult to do within Europe if Britain are not part of the EU.
- I love how accepting we are of other Europeans living/studying/working here, it allows for a more multicultural society. I am not afraid of the ‘immigrants taking over’ as so many far right people seem to be. In addition, leaving the EU is not the only way to control immigration anyway.
- I do not want to take the risk of leaving. We have no idea what will happen. It could be fine within a few years of negotiation but it could also severely damage the country if EU members decide they do not want to allow Britain to have benefits of being in the EU while not in the EU.
- Yes, there is a membership fee. However, nobody is certain that not having to pay this fee will be outweighed by the loss of access to the single market. Plus, there are other ways to save money – stop tax avoidance for example.
- There are EU regulations which Britain would no longer be bound by. Many of these are about equality and fairness. I do not trust politicians in this country enough to put these regulations into laws if we leave.
There is still time to register to vote so please take this opportunity to have your say, this is an incredibly important referendum. Voting takes place on 23rd June. There’s a lot of scaremongering through the stay/leave campaigns but ultimately we are getting the chance to vote for what we want to happen even if the ‘facts’ are all a bit blurry.