Whether you vote to stay in or to leave the EU, I want to keep in touch with you anyway. Here, I briefly share my thoughts on this "Brexit" referendum day. Consider taking a minute to read them.
Bas G. Roufs, Utrecht, NL.
Bas G. Roufs, bas(at)basroufs.eu, +31 6 446 835 10. Skype & FB: basroufs
If you already voted, take a brake from an intense and heated debate. However, keep
reflecting on how best to deal with international relations in this era. Moreover - keep
in touch with your friends at the continent and elsewhere in the world.
To be honest, some doomsday scenarios campaigns of both sides look a bit weird to me. Whether Britain will stay in the EU or go out - the sun will keep shining and the Thames will go on streaming.
On one hand, the EU needs to be reformed - this is crystal clear to me. On the other hand, there are good reasons to stay in - in my humble opinion. However, if Britain decides to go out of the EU, we will need to deal with a complicated fabric of circumstances & development.
Do you have voting rights in Britain? Did you not vote yet? Please, do so if you can. This referendum might be decisive for many years to come.
The peace we have known from 1945 until recently is not so sure any more. We need a strong,
united Europe to deal with today's volatile security situation.
For a strong, competitive economy, we we need a EU for smooth collaboration and freedom of movement. Moving around and working abroad might become more difficult in case of a Brexit. Also for defending social, environmental and human rights, remaining in the EU is really best option.
Finally. Those who campaign for a Brexit, point at Switzerland and Norway as models for a future relationship between the UK and the EU. However, both countries are bound to most of the EU rules, but are not able to influence them. The only way to reform the EU is to stay in.