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Brexit

Brexit
On 23/6/2016 UK will have referendum on Brexit i.e., whether the British should exit EU.
Margaret Thatcher was opposed to EU. She said all empires put together either by force or by benevolence come to an end. The Greek Empire came to an end. The Roman Empire came to an end. The Spanish Empire came to an end. The Portuguese Empire came to an end. The Dutch Empire came to an end. The French Empire came to an end. Even the benevolent British Empire came to an end. For Margaret Thatcher the British Empire was benevolent. For many in British colonies it was malevolent.
Opinion is divided in UK over Brexit. Parties are divided. In Conservative Party some favour Brexit, some oppose it. Similar is the case with other parties.
David Cameron opposes Brexit. He says it is good for UK to remain in EU. Leaving EU will damage UK’s economic recovery.
Boris Johnson favours Brexit. He said on 15/5/2016 “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods. But fundamentally what is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe. There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.”
European Council President Donald Tusk reacted to Boris Johnson’s comments on 17/5/2016. He said “Such absurd arguments should be completely ignored if they hadn’t been formulated by one of the most influential politicians of the ruling party. Boris Johnson crossed the boundaries of rational discussion, demonstrating political amnesia.”
Barack Obama wants UK remain in EU. He said Britain will have to go the end of the queue for trade deal if it leaves EU.
Donald Trump in his interview to Piers Morgan said if he becomes President UK does not have to go the end of the queue for trade deal if it leaves EU.
Fujitsu official said the company leave UK if UK leaves EU.
UK did not join Schengen Area. So it retains control over its borders. Refugees and migrants do not have free entry to UK from Schengen Area. France had to stop them at Calais.
UK did not join Eurozone. That was a good thing.
On 23/5/2016 UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, said if UK leaves EU it will result in job losses of at least half a million in two years, fall in the value of pound, rise in inflation, and 3% lower workers’ earnings.
There are three types of lies; lies, damned lies, and statistics. UK need not suffer job losses, higher inflation, devaluation of pound, and decrease in worker’s earnings.
Europe without borders is an idea whose time has gone. Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Sweden have introduced border controls.
UK is better off outside EU. It will have sovereignty. Sovereignty is more valuable than imaginary economic benefits. Greece would have been better off if it had not joined EU.

Updated: May 26, 2016 — 7:38 am

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