To Brexit Or Not To Brexit?

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 will your life and business 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 residence permits, 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 photos exuding a calmness we all eager to attain. These posts compare life in the UK with life in the very clinically sanitised, salad eating, best cheese, best chocolate in the world Switzerland.  These posts seem to challenge the possibility of leaving the EU in order to lead a perfect Swiss-like life in the UK.  Best of all, a better and wealthier 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 and visa permits?  What about the taxation on import/export – will Belgian chocolate become as pricy as gold?  What will supermarkets look like?  Will the price of food rise and by how much?  Questions, questions.

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.  But most of all, we are swayed by loud, persuasive propaganda, whether we’d care to admit it or not.

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 entice youngsters to vote in 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.  But will they vote?  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 or stay in 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.  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.  But if we stay, then we stay – no change.  We’ll just have to tackle the nation’s problems from a different angle.

by SG

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