When Britain leaves the EU, which seems inevitable now that Article 50 is about to be signed, I shall be in the unique position of remaining an EU citizen and losing my EU citizenship. It’s because I have dual nationality (Irish & British) At the moment, I live in France. I have also lived in Spain.
It is likely that British people will lose the freedom to easily travel to the other 27 EU countries. That’s bad news for anyone wanting to study in another EU country, to take a European holiday, to live and work elsewhere in the EU and to retire to warmer climes. Over two million British people are currently living elsewhere in the EU. Then there are the EU citizens living and working in the UK. They are nervous about their futures. Many work in key positions, such as in the health service.
A “Little England” culture, isolated from our neighbours, will make the UK a poorer place. We need to communicate, share and engage in exchanges with people from other nations on our doorstep,
Many people were very uncertain about how to vote in last year’s referendum. The issues were cloudy to say the least. Politicians and the MSM must take much of the blame. They told lies and massaged data. The leave campaign exaggerated issues like, for example the number of laws determined by Europe. Surely, it is better to debate and discuss EU-wide laws from the inside. Many EU laws designed to protect workers and the vulnerable will be lost and not replaced, leaving the protection, health and safety of the UK population at risk.
The referendum result was very close, but the government have taken the result to constantly refer to ‘the will of the people.” How often is the will of the people ever taken into account when making life-changing decisions for the population?
Business-wise, around half of Britain’s exports go to other EU countries. Putting up barriers with these countries that Britain trades with would be unwise and counterproductive. Around three million jobs are linked to the EU.
Banks are already making plans to leave the UK. the City could collapse because the financial trading inside the EU helps to boost banks’ profits.
In the 21st century, we live in a global society. We can connect to people everywhere. To have the opportunity to build a good future together is there if we reach out to one another. Europe as a union was founded after the Second World War. We have had peace in Europe since then. We should be opening our doors and our hearts. We should not be putting up a ‘Berlin wall’ We must not become a reclusive little island floating off the coast of Europe.