#Brexit – A Synopsis

By: Sophie P.

The question of whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union has plagued politicians for decades. Since Britain’s refusal to join the Eurozone in 1999 and it’s maintenance of the British Pound, people have questioned and critiqued the EU’s legitimacy. The inefficient, bureaucratic, guise it has adopted in recent years with Greece’s economic depression and the yet unsolved migrant crisis, makes it safe to say the EU is far from a perfect entity. “Brexitters” (the name given to people who believe Britain should exit the EU) such as the United States’ Republican nominee Donald Trump and Tory ex-mayor of London Boris Johnson argue mainly that UK companies would be bereft of EU trade regulations, immigration would be controlled with more scrutiny and British immigration policies would be implemented as EU citizens are currently free to migrate anywhere within Europe, and that as it is a net contributor to the EU budget, the money could be used for other purposes. On the other hand, critics of the Brexit movement such as British Prime Minister, David Cameron, American President, Barack Obama, and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, argue that Britain would experience both an economic shock and slower growth. Three million jobs in the UK are linked to trade with the EU and the UK receives £66 million investments everyday from the EU; 73% of UK farming exports go to the EU, creating the possibility of many British farmers going out of business deprived of the support of the CAP.

While I had initially considered making this an article seeking to provide an impartial summary of both arguments for and against the referendum, I changed my mind and decided to deliver my perspective on the matter. As a European citizen intent on pursuing high education in the United Kingdom, this referendum is crucial. Currently, EU and British citizens enjoy lower costs for university than non-EU citizens. According to a report led by BBC News that interviewed 1,529 university students, roughly 47% of them claimed that Brexit would make the UK a less attractive option, 17% stating it would be more attractive, and 35% affirming it would not make a difference. The referendum will take place on Thursday June 23. This Royal liar is hoping for the best.


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