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2016年6月23日(木)

【UK Referendum】   *要点説明あり

Karl
 
(Contributed by Karl)
 

The Referendum is around the corner for the British people and they are ready to vote to stay or leave the EU. The young generation tend to support remaining in the EU but are less likely to vote, and older people tend to support leaving. There seems to be no significant difference in attitudes between the two. University graduates are more likely to vote stay compared to those with no qualifications.
 

82% agreed with the statement that “the UK’s membership of the EU is good for British businesses,” while 12% disagreed “an EU exit would leave British businesses facing a skills shortage.” England has a lot of professional and skilled people from overseas and of course university graduates that will effect this. 907 active science researchers are based in the UK. Most of them said an exit from the EU would be “somewhat harmful” or “very harmful” for UK science.
 

Legal firms said that a UK exit from the EU would have a “negative” or “very negative” effect on the City’s (London) position in global financial markets, but the other percent said the effect would be “quite positive” or “very positive”. My own perspective on it is that the rich just get richer so the big companies are worried of the Brexit, and the poor get poorer and the middle class have to pay for it. I have been watching the debates and I can’t see enough evidence to persuade me to vote in or out.
 

People in Britain are fairly evenly spilt. People who want to leave say they are being held back by the EU and it costs billions of pounds to stay in the membership. They want to control their own borders again, but as for me if they opt out that could mean my “free movement” to other EU countries are stopped. Visas imposed was one of the main reasons why Britain opted for the EU in the first place.
 

The stay in vote say, selling products to other EU member countries is easy, they also say it would be better to be part of 28 EU countries instead of being alone. There are so many question being asked. If the UK decided to leave the EU, would UK citizens need special permits to work in the EU? What about EU nationals who want to come and work in the UK?
 

There seems to be a lot of scaremongering from both sides, even Japanese companies are worried like Nissan based in Sunderland, England which employ 8,000 workers. Also I see a comment made by Mr. Abe supporting the stay in vote saying it could affect Japanese investments and put 100,000 workers jobs at risk, so he would clearly like Britain to remain in the EU. I suppose Britain is the main gateway to the EU.
 

David Cameron got voted back in to leadership solely promising British people a choice to vote to stay or leave. Lets hope he has made the right decision for himself and the future of England.
 

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
 
 
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《要点》
 
【英国のEU離脱に関する国民投票】
 

・EU離脱に関する国民投票の期日が近づいています。
・若者世代の多くはEU残留を求めていますが、投票者は少ないようです。
・年配世代は離脱を求める声が大きいようです。
・大きな違いは見られませんが、大卒者は残留を求める傾向が強いようです。
 

・82%はEU残留は英国企業に利益になるという意見に賛成し、
 12%はEU離脱によって、スキル不足を生むと反対しています。
・英国では海外から専門家やスキルを持った人々を雇用しており、
 その多くが、英国のEU離脱によって、科学の進展に害になると考えています。
・法律会社ではEUからの離脱によって、グローバル金融市場におけるロンドンの
 シティの位置づけに悪い影響があるという意見です。
・私自身の考えは、金持ちはますます金持ちに、貧乏な人はさらに貧乏に、
 中流は貧乏な人々を援助しなければならなくなるというもの。
・賛否両論を見てきましたが、まだ確信の持てる根拠は見つかっていません。
 

・離脱派は、EUにとどまることで、数十億ポンドかかると言います。
・英国の国境を取戻そう、としていますが、ビザ不要の欧州との往来はできなくなります。
 

・残留派は、他のEU諸国への輸出が容易であること、1か国独立するより、
 28か国からなるEUの一員でいた方が良いといいます。
・離脱した場合、EU諸国で働く英国人は特別な許可書が必要となるのか、
 その逆の場合はどうか、という疑問にも答えは出ていません。
 

・様々なデマや憶測もあり、英国に進出している日本の自動車会社も懸念を表明しています。
・日本の投資や雇用に対する懸念があるとする声もあります。
 

・最後の最後まで追い詰められた時、真の答えが見いだされるのでしょうか。
 

以上の要点はバーチャル英会話教室運営事務局により作成しております。

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