At DG Law we work together as a team, regardless of our political views, but we all do have our own individual opinions in relation to the economy, political and social issues dominating the news. Although keeping neutral when writing a blog, it is near impossible to write without disclosing an inclination in relation to the EU referendum. We’ll all be affected one way or another. How do you think your life and business will be affected with the outcome of next week’s EU referendum?
They’re calling it Brexit and with it, there’s an overall disquiet resulting from the uncertainty of the referendum – it really is hard to predict which way it’s going to go. What we do know is that, amidst fears of an exit from the EEC after the referendum next week, there’s been a dramatic rise in home office applications for British citizenship, and immigration solicitors say that applications have soared in the last few months.
On the other hand, there are picture perfect posts that have gone viral on Facebook with photographs exuding a calmness we’re all eager to attain, comparing the UK with Switzerland and challenging the possibility of leaving the EU in order to lead a perfect Swiss-like life, with a better NHS and a nation free from mass migration. They believe that the UK would be a different world if it stood alone by Brexiting, closing borders, which would automatically reform the system, since nothing else so far has worked.
But how will Britain fare if we do leave? What will happen to businesses founded by EU citizens? Who will replace EU skilled workers, including nurses and doctors? What about holidays in Spain and Portugal – will we have to apply for holiday visas and will the cost of flights rise? What about plans for retirement homes in the sun? What will happen to insurance companies and employment contracts, or any contracts and agreements? What will happen to families divided by nationality? What about the taxation on import/export – will Belgian chocolate become as pricy as gold? What will supermarkets look like?
The question really is: how well equipped are voters when deciding whether we should stay or leave? In order to shrewdly vote on the referendum, one really should be adequately equipped with knowledge in social, political and most importantly, economical issues, don’t you agree? But that’s not what’s going to happen. In reality, voters are very often swayed by a combination of emotions and a variety of factors affecting them individually.
Out of the population a huge vote is with the under 25’s. Most youngsters are interested in what’s buzzing in their world – social media, fashion, music, festivals, entertainment, friends – unarguably lacking an interest in politics. To tackle this political disinterest, colleges and universities have been targeted with posters and flyers, in an attempt to draw youngsters to registration before the referendum. The younger generation of people in Britain are quite possibly the key to the final decision as their interest in political issues has increased significantly with the EU referendum. Whichever way we go, their future is at stake.
If the outcome is the dreaded or hopeful Brexit, then we would like to believe that the government would create a transition process for European citizens to leave the UK. But what Europeans really dread is the criteria by which decisions will be made – who will leave and why? But let’s not worry too much about that because if we do exit the EU and stand alone as a nation, like the Swiss, we will at least have a couple of years until the official exit; plus there’s the Schengen agreement to tidy a few things over. But if we stay, then we stay – no change. We’ll just have to tackle the nation’s problems from a different angle.
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