Leave or Stay?
In my personal opinion I would want to leave the EU because the fact is not just on the EU. Or the fact that we have had to relieve a currency that we choose not to join. It is not the EU sclerosis - the fact that the trade we joined in the early 1970s which then accounted for 36% of the world GDP, will account for less than 15% in 2020. It is not even really about the anti-democratic nature of having decisions made for you in Brussels. I would also want to leave the EU because its an increasingly networked and interdependent world, the more successful societies are those that allow more decentralised decision making, by harnessing and balancing opposing forces. Britain’s refusal to be reconciled to being in the EU is not ultimately anything to do with flags or anthems. It’s because we know in our bones that it is a daft way to run a whole continent. I suspect it is not only the Brits who will soon be demanding the freedom to option out.
In my personal opinion I would want to stay in the EU because we’re much better off in the EU. It’s the government’s own Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which puts the overall gain to Britain at six per cent of our gross domestic product. This is at the extremes of the guesses in this continent-sized guessing game, though – some think-tanks think the EU costs Britain about the same amount. I would also want to stay in the European Union because The free movement of people within the EU – and the huge immigration to Britain that results – is at the heart of the EU debate. But your attitude to the issue might be influenced by where you live. In Rhondda in Wales, just 0.6 per cent of the population are arrivals from the EU. At the other extreme, in Tottenham in London, 17 per cent are EU immigrants. The strain on local public services is bound to be felt more there.