To EU or not to EU?

flagThat is the question and I haven’t got an fffing clue. I doubt fffing has either. A clue, that is.

The politicians aren’t helping. Their posturing and mud-slinging labelled as ‘debates’ aren’t hitting anywhere near the heart of the matter.

They’re not presenting like with like. How can they pit immigration controls on one side against economic stability on the other? These are mammoth issues not on the same playing field let alone an even one.

I’m sinking under information overload. Type ‘EU Referendum pros and cons’ into Google and you get 346,000 hits. But no argument (or data) is unbiased. It cannot be by its very nature.

There are also so many unknowns. I get it that Brexit cannot answer certain things because it’s untouched territory. But this means we’re being asked to consider taking a Grand Canyonesque leap of faith.

I know I’m not the only one who is undecided, swinging between ‘in’ and ‘out’ each day. Backwards and forwards, round and round, I’m getting dizzy.

But this is the biggest consumer decision any of us will ever make. It affects our economy, foreign policy, immigration policy, security and sovereignty. Our vote on whether the UK should leave the EU will reverberate through our lifetimes, and those of our children and grandchildren.

Electoral turnout looks set to be high – far more than the seemingly lesser decision on who should actually run our country. Go figure.

Putting the lack of unbiased and factual information aside, and shelving scaremongering issues, the problem also lies with the question itself. In or out? What’s that all about? I don’t like either answer. So what do I do – simply vote for the answer I dislike the least? I guess so. That’s what we normally have to do.

I would rather vote for the pros from both sides of the argument – NOT the sides themselves. That way we really would get the best for our little island.

2 thoughts on “To EU or not to EU?

  1. Thank you for being thoughtful, for demanding facts. If more people were like you, the world would be a better place. This is getting zilcho coverage here in the USA, btw.

  2. Because economics and nationhood are complex and multi-layered, the economic facts on both sides are disputable and that’s fair enough. Someone once said that politics is the art of the possible, so both sides, to me, are offering different directions, and that is how I’m viewing the decision. I would never vote based on fear, I tend to listen to my heart, the facts can’t be resolved to a single solution.

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