The EU (European Union) is a political and economic union between 28 states and nations in the continental region of Europe. In its simplest form it is a single area with a single, European government (based in Brussels, Belgium). Each nation or state still maintains their own ‘governmental system’ but has to obey certain laws, rules and regulations that are decided in Brussels by the European Parliament.
At the moment, there is a big national debate or discussion in the UK about whether or not we want to remain in the EU. This topic has been called the ‘Brexit’ – the British Exit from the EU. On the 23rd June, people from 16 years old and above can vote to stay in the EU or to leave.
There are, of course, many intelligent and emotional arguments on both sides of the issue with younger, more ‘liberal’ people supporting the idea of staying and older, more ‘conservative people’ supporting the idea of leaving the Union.
If we leave, many people think that we will have greater economic freedom and more freedom from European laws that some people think cause us social, political and economic harm. On the other hand, the opposing side thinks that if we leave we will be ‘at a disadvantage’ socially, economically and politically and that remaining in the Union helps us, as it helps the other member states.
Personally, I love being part of the EU. I like that so many different countries and cultures can work together and I believe the EU is a ‘blueprint’ for future unions between other nations and regions of the world.
In June we will find out if we are going to stay with our European neighbours or if we are going to ‘go it alone’ once more. In either case, the outcome will be of great interest, both in Europe and around the globe.