I would vote for Remain, for the following reasons:
1) In my view, the 2016 Referendum should be void. This is because it asked completely the wrong question.
It should have asked “Should the UK trigger Article 50, beginning the process to Leave the EU”. A majority would probably have voted “Yes”, and we could immediately honour the result by triggering Article 50 (as we have done).
Instead, the Referendum asked “Should the UK Leave the EU”. This is a very problematic question, because actually leaving the EU can only happen at least two years after the referendum. This means that people who vote one way might not necessarily still be of the same mind by the time exit day comes. Indeed a lot can change in two years, but people simply had to vote “Yes” or “No”. They had no ability to say “it depends on what happens between now and then”.
For this reason, I believe that referenda should only ever ask a question that can be implemented immediately, so as to avoid such democratic ambiguity. With that in mind, and given that the 2016 Referendum was officially “advisory”, I think it gives us every right to say “look, we’ve done our best to honour the result and Leave the EU, but it’s not working out as planned”.
2) I simply don’t see how Brexit benefits us in any way. I cannot think of a single advantage of it.
It puts an end to the free movement of people. But the free movement of people is a great thing. It makes it far easier for jobs to be filled by the best person to do it, instead of a person born on an arbitrarily defined piece of land. Not only does that benefit our economy, it also opens up a world of opportunities for us in other EU countries.
It frees us up to make trade deals with the rest of the world. But by being part of the EU, we already have one of the best possible trade arrangements. We are part of all free trade agreements made collectively by the EU, and we also have frictionless trade between our biggest and nearest trading partners. Leaving the EU would set us back heavily in terms of trade, with little bargaining power when it comes to forming new trade agreements with other countries, trading with those countries would be far less efficient in terms of cost (as they are physically further away), and it would require an extreme reshuffle of the proportions in which we trade with other countries, which would take a lot of time and money. A successful economy requires as much unity and as little friction as possible, amongst a large population of people.
It gives us independence from the EU in terms of making laws and regulations. But the UK has voted in favour of 95% of laws and regulations made by the EU, and abstained from voting regarding a further 3%. Furthermore, as one of the largest economies in the EU, the UK has substantial influence in actually shaping those laws and regulations. Being part of the EU also creates further checks and balances in terms of the laws we make for ourselves. For example, the European Court of Human Rights can intervene if any of our laws are found to be racist or sexist etc.
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