My thoughts on why Britain should remain in the European Union – Opinions are all my own and by no means comprehensive of all the information currently available for either campaign. I am definitely biased, but this is a blog, not a newspaper, so trolls, have at it, but I will fight to the end like the giant in GOT this week.
I would of course not usually hijack my own blog for a political post, but I felt as this may be the biggest decision that Britain may make in most of our lifetimes that it was the right thing to do. I hope you will get something out of my post.
As a long time linguist and general Europe lover – Hence the University degree including ‘European Studies’ this whole thing frightens me. At first it seemed obvious to me that most people would be voting to remain but apparently this is not the case…I think I agree with my friend Alex and also Adam Hills (The Last Leg) on why people’s attitudes differ.
The reasons why I think people might be voting to Leave:
-The Leave campaigner’s scare tactics – immigration, we are wasting money on the EU, immigration!
-The EU is controlling us too much
-We were ‘lied to’ about what would happen with the EU (Older generation)
-A change is better than a rest – People think there will be a pot of gold at the end of the ‘Leave’ rainbow
-Apparently our relationships as far as trading won’t be any different
-Migrants taking all the jobs
The reasons why people (including myself) might be voting to Remain:
-We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building the EU
-We truly believe we will all be better off, not just monetarily (but this is very important) and this is backed up by research
-By being in the EU we can control what is happening
-We gain a lot of benefit by being in the EU
-Being in the EU makes travel easier
-I’m happy living in a diverse culture and we can still control the immigration situation within the EU
-Opportunities in Europe – Jobs etc. I took part in the ERASMUS scheme which allowed me to study in a European University – We may not be able to offer future University students this opportunity if we leave
-They have found out that the Leave’s campaign information about the money we spend on EU going into NHS is all a fallacy
-They trust the top advisors, politicians, celebrities, Nobel prize winners etc who are saying leaving is not a good idea (Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Martin Lewis, David Mitchell, Barack Obama etc. etc.)
-They distrust those people heading up the Leave Campaign
Michael Gove – Did a bad job of being education minister and set the Education policy in this country back
Boris Johnson – Plays it dumb but really seems to use a lot of underhanded tactics and is only really interested in the PM job – he was actually pro Europe until recently
Nigel Farage – Verbally attacked the EU president and was fined heavily, and claims that if we left the EU we’d be as rich as the Swiss…
Other ‘key’ people who think Leave is a good idea:
Katie Hopkins – Who slates teachers, fat people, common people etc
Donald Trump – Enough said.
The UK’s relationship with the EU
I think Adam Hills put it best on The Last Leg two weeks ago, when he said our relationship with the EU is like any long-term relationship. Long-term relationships as we all know, need to be worked at. There are things that we really like about the EU and there are things that we have come to dislike about it, and we can either cut ties completely or we can try to work out the kinks so everyone is happy. I personally do not think we should throw away all the hard work we have done. I think this John Donne poem sums it up perfectly:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
Our Island should not become just an Island.
Thanks for reading.