BR-Exit or BR-In?
The day after tomorrow is the referendum in which Britons decide whether to stay or leave the EU. I decided years ago not to make this blog into a political commentary since I would inevitably be repeating what those closer to the source would be writing. But this week I have received a month’s worth of communications asking me what I think – should Britain stay or leave? So for what it’s worth, here’s what I think.
Today someone sent me John Oliver’s thoughts on the question.
I wouldn’t put it quite that way, but he pretty much expresses both my own views on the subject as well as my feelings. At the heart of the EU is a democratic deficit replaced by a bureaucratic minefield of infuriating finger-wagging. I even have reservations about the European Court of Justice.
If I concentrate on what drives me crazy, the overwhelming temptation is to join Brexit, pick up one’s ball and say we don’t want to play anymore.
But that won’t make things better. That’s not the solution. It’s infuriating, but Britain is crazy to think it will be better off without Europe. Besides, during the last century, Britain has done a great deal to make Europe far far better – politically and economically. And if we paid a little more attention to whom we are electing when we send representative to the European Parliament, we might be able to make a dent in that gaping hole of democratic deficiency. As it is, most British citizens have no idea who their EU representatives are and don’t care.
I do agree with those who say that this is quite possibly the most important vote every eligible voter in the UK today will make in their life time. We must stay in and continue to fight – for our sakes, for Europe’s sake, and for the sake of the entire global economic and political world.
Don’t know what it’s going to be like when we wake up on Friday morning…
But at least there’s Andy Murray.