Brext and the EU
Here is my take on Brexit, by Michael Ruane Economics Lecturer Leaving Cert Lecture Days
How many times a day do you now hear the term “Brexit”?
Do you understand what it means? Do you why the UK voted to leave the EU? Do you see that it will have and is probably already having an impact on your life?
49% of those who voted, voted to to stay and 51% voted to leave. Do you know that many older voters voted to leave and turned out to vote and many younger voters wanted to stay but didn’t bother to vote?
The EU is based upon a number of foundation stones – freedom of trade and free movement of people. The free movement of people was the main reason many voters voted to leave.
The UK (and every other EU country) cannot put any restriction on migrants from other EU member states coming to its country to live, work or study as long as it is an EU member.
500 EU citizens were moving to live and work in the UK every day in the 12 months coming up to the vote. Politicians such as Nigel Farage of UKIP stoked fears among British people that the UK had lost control on the numbers coming to live and work in the UK and this was the number one reason many people gave to leaving the EU – by leaving the EU the UK would be able to control and restrict inward migration. He also suggested that terrorists were getting in due to the UKs membership of the EU.
Those who were pushing the “leave” campaign also pulled a stunt close to the election….they put the UK’s membership fee on the side of a big red bus and suggested that this money would go to the NHS if the UK left the EU. The stunt worked and it swung many older voters to vote “leave”. On the morning after the vote, Nigel Farage admitted on TV that the money saved on EU membership would not actually go to the NHS. Ouch!
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And here’s a link to an article in the Irish Independent explaining the current agreement to avoid the so called hard border: