I'm strongly pro remain. Basically I like the idea of working together and prospering together and the opportunities that it provides to those who might otherwise have not had such opportunities if we weren't in the EU.
I think on principle it seems a good idea but then I would because my own political beliefs are more or less very centrist and it offers the sort of checks and balances that wouldn't allow one state or the other to descend into aggressive right wing or left wing regimes. If the UK left it would become even more neo liberal than it is at the moment. That the EU has worked towards emphasising a 'social Europe' is important as well - an EU that seeks to protect and encourage the provision of social welfare to European citizens. I wouldn't endanger the sort of social rights that the EU is protecting by opting to leave and pursue greater profit at the expense of normal citizens. The likes of Boris Johnson has a real cheek to bring up the examples of Norway - forgetting that their economy is based upon coordinated market economy, not the every man for himself liberal market economy that is prevalent within the UK and other English speaking nations.
Moreso I've seen the GOOD that the EU does. It's offered some vital funding to areas of the UK that have needed it desperately. Liverpool's regeneration as a city has benefitted so much from the funding of the EU. It was only in the 1980s that the Tory cabinet minister Geoffrey Howe who shockingly advised that Liverpool be put into a process of 'managed decline'. It took the efforts of a pro EU Tory, Michael Heseltine to make sure that that wasn't going to be the case by tapping into various networks of funding and some considerable planning on his own part to help revive the city and various other northern regions. Such was his efforts and accessing EU cooperation that he got the Freedom of the City just a few years ago.
Where I'm from I've seen EU funding help build excellent infrastructure that has been so important in keeping peripheral, isolated, island regions in Scotland alive and kicking. The funding streams offered to these areas have allowed them to continue to prosper on an economic level in areas of farming, tourism and energy. It's hard to stress just how fragile life can be in Orkney, Shetland or the Western Isles and in an era where domestic economic forces are very much centralised in Glasgow/Edinburgh and London, the EU really acts as a vital guardian for keeping these regions and other regions across the UK from eroding into insignificance.
The EU is not perfect. We could bang on for days about why the European Commission should be elected and the failures of the Euro and the debatable policies that were enforced to save it. But when we are very much in an age that is ever more integrated and where the world's problems have become globalised, whether it's global warming or the general global economy, we have to work as a collective to try and solve these really threatening and scary prospects. Supranational organisations like the EU provide that arena by which such problems could be solved. It's not perfect but the potential capacity for it to do good could be go even further than the benefits it has provided for cities like Liverpool and rural areas like Shetland/Orkney etc.
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