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Sunday, 22 May 2016

EU Referendum: Are you an innie or an outie?

This is probably the first time I've decided to write about politics on my blog. I'm actually incredibly interested in politics and current affairs, but a lot of opinions I choose to keep to myself or let rip in debates with friends and family members (my nan and grandad...). But what concerns me about the EU Referendum is that although there's a lot of arguing and Hitler references being thrown around between the two camps, a lot of us are still really confused as to what will change if we actually leave the EU and what we're doing in it in the first place. 

As a young person, I don't know what the UK was like before the EU because being in it is all that I've ever known, that's why I'm not surprised that a considerable amount of young people are considering voting to stay in because the prospect of leaving and what it could do to the UK is so uncertain. Before the EU Referendum came along, the only time I'd been asked if I was an 'innie' or an 'outie' was in reference to my belly button...I'm an innie by the way on that front, but our decision next month to if we want to stay in or leave the EU is probably the biggest political decision we will face in our lives because it really could change our lives for the better, or for the worse. 

I've attempted to do some research into reasons to leave and reasons to stay and I hope it helps you in making your decision. But please, don't forget to register to vote! This is too important not to have your say...

LEAVE: By leaving the EU, the UK could be much more strict with border control, making it more difficult for people from other EU countries to travel and live here. As there would be less people coming to work here, getting work would be less competitive.

REMAIN: On the flip side of that, a lot of us go and work and live in EU countries with no problem. If we we're to leave, it would become more difficult for us to be able to do that. Right now, it's actually easier than ever to come and go as we wish as UK driving licenses are valid across EU countries.

LEAVE: We would no longer have people who don't live in the UK make our decisions for us. The UK would have the opportunity to become a more independent nation and could create our own laws instead of following EU ones.

REMAIN: There's no doubt that by leaving the EU, we would have economic uncertainty. Half of our oversees trade is with the EU and by leaving, we could face paying tariffs that could put prices up on things like European car's and even bottles of wine from France.

LEAVE: The UK could save up to £8 billion a year in contributions to the EU and we would no longer be funding the salaries of Eurocrats in Brussels. This money could be spent on poorer areas of the UK, education and the NHS.

REMAIN: Over three million jobs in the UK are actually dependent on their trade with the EU. These are professions from farmers to business men, if they were to lose any work because of the UK leaving, more people could be unemployed.

LEAVE: We would no longer be part of a union, so we would automatically have more freedom in deciding how we want our country to be. Many see the EU as undemocratic, as although members of the European Parliament are directly elected, the Commission, which proposes legislation, isn't.

REMAIN: Being in the EU allows us to share information on terrorists and criminals across every single country. By not being part of the EU, we may not be able to receive this information, meaning our security and police would be less likely to know about potential terror threats.

LEAVE: Other countries just a few hours away like Norway aren't in the EU, and they're doing very well for themselves. Norway still manages to trade with the EU, but has options on their agriculture and they choose to keep their fish rather than keeping up with EU quotas,

REMAIN: A huge amount of laws which have been decided whilst we've been in the EU have worked out in a lot of our favours. For example, we are entitled to compensation if a flight is delayed and it is compulsory to wear a seat belt etc - and those are tiny laws in comparison to others. If we were to leave the EU, many of our laws could be changed or scrapped, which could work for some things, but not for others.

Whatever your political stance or how you see the future of the UK - make sure you have done your research before heading into the polling station. Register to vote here.

So, will you be an innie or an outie?

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