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The Possibility of Britain’s Leaving the European Union

Shalva Faber (‘18)

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The question of whether Great Britain will remain in the European Union (EU) is currently in the news. The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are primarily in Europe. It is modeled after the state system in the United States, where the Federal government serves as an umbrella over the 50 states. The EU has developed an internal signal market through a standardized system of laws that apply in all member states.

 

Countries in the EU all use the same currency (the euro), and have a merged, defensive army. Every action taken by the EU has to be founded on treaties and approved by all EU member countries.

 

While this system would greatly help Europe militarily and economically, there are many countries that do not abide by all or some of the rules. For example, Britain does not use the euro; instead, it uses its own currency, the pound. While this may appear harmless to the EU, that is not the case, for does not serve to strengthen the euro.

 

In addition, the political alliance of EU countries only works if every EU country seeks the same goals and adheres to the same rules, and in reality, they do not.  The foremost among those countries that do not wish to follow the party line is the United Kingdom.   The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, said that his four key reasons why the UK wants to leave the EU are for economic governance, competitiveness, immigration, and sovereignty.  

The UK does not want to be bound to the euro, for the countries that are have to bail out economically weaker members if any go bankrupt. Britain does not want to be drawn into a financial crisis. She does not want the burden of excessive regulation; and she wants to expand her trade market, something the EU limits. In addition, Britain does not want migrants to get privileges until they have lived in the UK for four years. This aspect of her argument, however, is currently under discussion. Britain also does not want to be involved in the “political integration” of Europe.
According to Mr. Cameron, these are the main reasons the UK wants to separate from the EU. An election will take place shortly so the citizens of the UK can voice their opinion on this issue.

The question of whether Great Britain will remain in the European Union (EU) is currently in the news. The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are primarily in Europe. It is modeled after the state system in the United States, where the Federal government serves as an umbrella over the 50 states. The EU has developed an internal signal market through a standardized system of laws that apply in all member states.

 

Countries in the EU all use the same currency (the euro), and have a merged, defensive army. Every action taken by the EU has to be founded on treaties and approved by all EU member countries.

 

While this system would greatly help Europe militarily and economically, there are many countries that do not abide by all or some of the rules. For example, Britain does not use the euro; instead, it uses its own currency, the pound. While this may appear harmless to the EU, that is not the case, for does not serve to strengthen the euro.

 

The UK does not want to be bound to the euro, for the countries that are have to bail out economically weaker members if any go bankrupt. Britain does not want to be drawn into a financial crisis. She does not want the burden of excessive regulation; and she wants to expand her trade market, something the EU limits. In addition, Britain does not want migrants to get privileges until they have lived in the UK for four years. This aspect of her argument, however, is currently under discussion. Britain also does not want to be involved in the “political integration” of Europe.
According to Mr. Cameron, these are the main reasons the UK wants to separate from the EU. An election will take place shortly so the citizens of the UK can voice their opinion on this issue.

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