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【UK Referendum】   *要点説明あり

(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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