Politics

Bureaucracy or Sovereignty? Do the two coincide, or are they poles apart within the twisted, pseudo-dictatorship of our current EU?

According to a majority of Brexit campaigners, we are submerged within a system of obscurity, which is “positively Kafka-esque” according to “Brexit: The Movie”; blind and forced into subjugation beneath a faceless entity. By remaining in, we are apparently denying ourselves sovereignty, subject to restrictive quotas. We, the spire of democratic power, rise above European servitude, the sole country to instigate an Industrial Revolution, a fragment of gilded liberation.

Here’s a warning: don’t vote out intending to strike a blow for a subjugated Britain, and pull the plug on continued immigration, because the “Leave” campaign lacks a distinct policy regarding this issue. Which is viable? Deportation, or the tedious negotiation of visas and work permits? Either one would leave a gap within the market, suddenly filled with short-term vacancies – and who would fill these? You guessed right – a wave of immigrants would be triggered from outside of Europe. Work permits would be another economic burden to consider, placing further pressure upon British businesses. And here’s the real stickler: will Britain continue to be viewed as a viable centre for trade, when lacking its connections within the EU? The greater number of non-EU businesses would prefer we remain; and by opting to leave, how can we be regarded as a well-respected nation, which simply opts out once events are no longer desirable? Furthermore, opting to leave will not instigate further “control of our borders”; workers will no longer be able to travel between parts of Ireland; additionally, within the EU currently, Britain is not restricted regarding its ability to trade. We remain under prior arrangements and a prior set of tariffs; however, we are free to trade as desired. By opting out, we are prohibited from the single market, leading to increasing economic blows and a reduction of the GDP; furthermore, we will continue to lack representation, and the ability to negotiate through “Article 50”. By remaining in the EU, the possibility for renegotiation remains open; in 2012, Britain exercised this opt-out, altering certain measures within our favour. The working time directive will also be removed; jobs will vanish within IT and finance services. If the EU declares a “trade war” the economy will be threatened; by leaving, the possible dictatorship will be enhanced – instead of preserving democracy, we will be abandoning it. By exiting, we will relinquish our ability to negotiate.

The real Brexiters – the ones who aren’t Nigel Farage, who are supporters of Labour, not 50-80s closeted within seaside resorts – are experiencing similar anguish; they cannot be labelled as rabid Nationalists, nor regarded as xenophobic migrant-haters. There are “Eurosceptics” in both camps; neither have faith within the increasingly right-wing British system. Bremain supporters are caught between a sinkhole and a sewage-pit; a vote to leave would place us at Cameron’s mercy: further cuts to the NHS, a trade union crackdown; the attack on child poverty abandoned. The EU is arguably the “mediator” within this situation – a preventative measure, limiting the possibility of further Conservative extremism within the near future.

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