On the Brexit
On the Brexit
To Brexit Or Not To Brexit
Please Englishmen, no Brexit! Only mad dogs would sever this union. There has never, ever, been peace in Europe. Besides the obvious problem -- the tradition of war-- it is also just not good for anyone’s economy, not the EU member nation economies, not the US economy, not anyone’s. Europe really outdid itself in the twentieth century. You would think things couldn’t get worse, with the Hundred Years War, the Napoleonic Wars just to name two, but a frantic grab for colonies and wealth degenerated into World War 1 and 2. Most European countries counted their dead in the multi-millions. Despite all the planning, machinations, and investment in colonies, the European economy generally disintegrated, needing a Marshall Plan to revive it.
A strong united Europe is even more necessary than ever. A rogue North Korea threatens nuclear war, Al Qaeda and ISIS need to be defeated (and they would applaud a Brexit).
The unfortunately labelled PIIGS nations (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) are all financially troubled and EU membership is threatened there. A Grexit, and certainly a Brexit, might be all that is needed for the big breakup. So United Kingdom, you’ve got to stay.
You might consider what Scotland would do if the UK left the EU. Might they not want to keep their membership in the EU? How would this effect the next vote on whether Scotland should leave the UK? As for the UK economy, already sterling is at a seven year low against the dollar, largely on fear of a Brexit (http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-sterling-idUKKCN0VY2IW). Let’s keep it all together cousins on June 23rd (the upcoming referendum).
Having said all this in the way of scare tactics, this doesn’t mean that the EU has reached some pinnacle of organizational development. The exact contractual relationships among the countries can, will and should change, according to circumstances. As long as the spirit of European unity remains, a loosening of certain ties might even be desirable. This is exactly what David Cameron wants to do, have the best of both worlds. Cameron has already negotiated with European leaders for UK "special status" within the bloc if it remains."Britain will be out of the parts of Europe that do not work for us -- we will be permanently and legally protected from being a part of an ever-closer union," he said. Britain would remain in "the driving seat of the world's biggest market," he said, and could "never be part of a European super-state", and would be "stronger, safer and better off.” Sounds about right to me, but Cameron faces stiff opposition in his quest to “Bremain”.