The European Union Referendum
Thursday, March 10th, 2016
It has been announced that on Thursday 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom will be voting in a referendum to decide if the UK should stay in the European Union. The European Union, often referred to as the EU, is a partnership between 28 different countries. It was set up prior to World War Two in hope of avoiding another war. Since then the union had grown and become what is known as a “single market”. This means that people who are from any country within the EU have the ability to move around Europe as they wish. It also makes it much easier to trade goods between countries and some believe that eager to work immigrants are making a large contribution to the United Kingdom’s economy. The EU also has it’s own currency, the euro, and also it’s own parliament which have a massive impact on the way the UK is run. However, some citizens of the UK have been calling for a referendum for some time now. Some believe that the rules set by the European Parliament are too controlling and that the United Kingdom would be in a better positions should the public chose to leave the EU. Currently the country seems to be fairly evenly divided on the issue however the referendum is going to officially decide whether the United Kingdom should stay or leave the European Union.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is to display the full benefits of staying in the European Union today after claims of pessimism on his behalf. Mr. Cameron has been widely accused of being part of so-called ‘Project Fear’ in the No campaign. To object to this allegation David Cameron is due to expand upon how the country’s economy could become stronger, how independent businesses can bypass trading obstacles through the EU’s single market, and whether or not British families will feel the relief in their back pockets.
As part of David Cameron’s campaign he has already negotiated alterations to the UK’s membership of the European Union, should the public decide to stay in the EU. Some of the conditions include changes to the Child Benefit system, there will be “Red Cards” for national parliaments and there will be some limits on free movement.
Currently immigrant workers are able to earn a living wage in this country and then send money back to their children living in their home country. The changes to the child benefits mean that this will no longer be possible and if an immigrant worker is sending money to their children the benefit will be adjusted to fit what it costs to live in their home country.
The “Red Cards” for the national parliaments means that it is easier for national governments to work together and prevent a legislation if they are not in agreement. If 55% of the national Parliaments do not want the legislation is will have to be rethought.
The limits on free movement have resulted in citizens of a country out-with the European Union not automatically having free movement around Europe should they chose to marry a citizen of a European country. This regulation is hoping to prevent marriage for green cards.
The people supporting the campaign to stay include over 150 scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking being one of them as he hailed an EU exit would be disastrous for British science. The scientists cautioned the public’s decision in a letter to the Times stating that “if the UK leaves the EU and there is a loss of freedom of movement of scientists between the UK and Europe, it will be a disaster for UK science and universities.”
Sensationalist tabloid The Sun had reported yesterday that Her Royal Highness was allegedly in favor of a British Exit from the EU. The report stated that the Queen got into a heated conversation with the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over Britain’s future in Europe in 2011. The ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats branded the claims written by the newspaper as ‘nonsense’. Buckingham Palace has denied allegations and stated that “The Queen remains politically neutral.”