Brits are deciding about Great Britain’s future in the European Union or outside of it. The pre-referendum survey conducted on Wednesday showed that the Brexiters are in the lead but the winning margin is extremely thin.Today Brits can finally say what they think about Britain’s EU membership. They have a chance to make a change whatever the results, because their objections to EU regulations have already been noticed by the Council and other EU countries, and they can influence future resolutions.
The supporters of the Brexit have been trying to convince the people to vote “leave the EU” while their opponents have been doing just the reverse, so the nation is now divided. The voting started at 7am and will last until 10pm. Over 41,000 electoral commissions across the UK have been opened and the final results will be announced on Friday morning.
Pro-Brexit people stress disadvantages of being an EU member:
- Britain pays more that it gets from EU,
- the bureaucracy limits local entrepreneurs,
- plus Britain’s export to non-EU countries is now developing double as fast as export to the member countries.
The main issue is, however, indisputably the migration: people coming from all over the world with practically no supervision, with the EU imposing further regulations concerning the migrants from the Middle East countries threatened by war. Brexiters underline that they are in no way being racist, what’s disturbing for them is people coming to UK, taking over their jobs or, even worse, expecting money for doing nothing – simply taking advantage of the British social services system.
Their opponents bring out the economic consequences of the possible Brexit:
- job market will to suffer – foreign specialists will have troubles to come and work in UK,
- millions of jobs are tightly connected with the intra-EU trade, hence leaving EU would mean losing jobs to about 3 mln people,
- international business will also not remain untouched: export to the EU countries will be restricted and the Council could impose further sanctions limiting Britain’s chances to develop internationally.
Brits living in Poland
Polish radio station RMFFM asked a British guy living in Poland how he feels about the referendum.
“It’s much less important for me than the Brits living in the UK […] but if I were to place bets, I would go for most Brits voting to leave the EU […] I think it’s going to be London that has a final say on it.”
He points out that it’s a business and financial centre and many companies profit from the EU membership, but if Londoners’ fear of unmonitored immigration wins, then the result will be: “leave”. In his personal opinion, many EU regulations do not make sense (he remembers the idea of a proper banana shape) and just do not work for every country, but still they apply to every EU member.
“The country is losing its identity, it’s all too much”, he concluded.
Poles in the UK
RMFFM also asked Poles who live in different parts of the UK whether they care about the outcome of the referendum. Most of them underline that the possible consequences of the Brexit will only be known after it’s decided, “but the uncertainty is sometimes much worse”. British citizens want the number of immigrants to be limited, which could mean many foreigners (plenty of Poles among them) being forced to come back home, and even if they manage to stay there legally, a possible return of visas will hinder family visits.
Whatever the changes may be, people will still have some time to conform with them. After the decision is made, Britain will remain the EU member for another two years, which will give them time to prepare for a completely new reality.
Whether it is Brexit or Bremain, this tense situation is definitely a sign for the EU Council that at least some regulations ought to be revised to prevent the European Union from a threatening collapse.