1. Leaving the EU won’t “solve our immigration problem”.
More migrants come to the UK from outside the EU than they do from inside the EU. The government has had a number of years to control the borders when it comes to non EU migrants. Some in favour of BREXIT keep saying we need to take control of our borders but if the government isn’t able to clamp down on the numbers coming from outside the EU, what makes them think they will have success with the EU ones?
This is from 2015 and taken from this article. You can read more about that here.
Here’s another view. You can see that migrants from the EU form about a 3rd of the total. Leaving the EU will transfer camps like Calais to Dover. That’s a huge cost in itself.
2. We actually need immigrants. And their money.
One of the reasons that the government hasn’t cracked down on migration is because they bring in a LOT of money. Migrants from the EU alone have contributed £4.96bn to the economy which is more than they have taken out. There has been criticism that our public services are suffering. However, the budgets on investing into our public services are determined by our government, not the EU. The Brexit campain keeps focusing on the pressures on our schools, surgeries and hospitals. All the cuts to those budgets have come year on year as part of our austerity and recession programmes. It is not something dictated to us by the EU.
3. If we leave the EU, we will STILL have to pay a fee to the EU to use the single market.
A lot of people keep saying “If we leave the EU, we will turn into Norway”. Norway isn’t part of the EU but they have to pay a substantial fee to the EU to make use of some of the trade routes that are controlled by the EU. The amounts are similar to what Britain currently pays. They basically end up paying, without much say. Us leaving the EU will put us in a very similar situation.
4. The money we save by leaving the EU has not been promised to the NHS.
Brexit campaign leaders keep using this as a huge golden carrot. There is even an advert showing a poorly old lady waiting in a huge waiting room full of pesky foreigners. Of course the money could be directed to the NHS but no-one can promise this. The people who keep saying this include Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage. None of these people are in charge of our country. It is all just theory. Given that we’d still have to pay the EU a fee, a la Norway, there isn’t actually any money to be saved.
5. 3 million jobs will be at risk
There are currently 3 million jobs attached to the EU trade that will be at risk if we leave the EU. There are 0 plans to combat this currently. Some Brexiters think it is a small price to pay for our long term gain but there are no long term gains documented either. There has not been one debate or speech outlining what the plans are for those that are at risk.
6. Protection laws may be subject to change.
There are lot of laws that govern Britain that come from the EU. One of the biggest include Health and Safety directives within the workplace. The government has in the past said how it would prefer to make it’s own laws in this are. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but we don’t currently know what that would include, what kind of limits it would impose on our working hours and what, if any, advantages / disadvantages we’d see from it.
7. There is NO Brexit plan
If the majority do vote in favour of Brexit then it will take up to two years before it take effect. There is currently NO Brexit plan. At all. Hundreds of areas need to have very detailed handover and transitions and it would require a bit of an army of good people to do it. There is no phased transition. It will literally be in or out. If you picture how long it is taking for the Tories to put in place their way of working from what Labour did then you’ll know we’re now in Year 5 and there is still a massive way to go. There is NO way we will do it in 2 years flat.
8. This is is going to affect our future generations.
This is not your bog standard general election type of vote. This is potentially a huge change for all of and generations to come. There are countries such as Switzerland that are not part of the EU but have negotiated for over 8 years to come to an agreement with what they can and can’t get from the EU. Being part of the EU has being an integral part of our society and lives and they are not just a body that sits taking money from us bully boy style. Granted, there are massive improvements that need to be made and the leaders that be need to sit down, like Margaret Thatcher did (where she successfully negotiated a huge rebate for us) and sort of the issues that need sorting. Threatening to just leave and go at it alone won’t help anyone in the long term.