Why you need to stay where you are

On 23rd June, David Cameron has announced the UK will have a historic referendum vote on if we should remain a part of a reformed European Union, or if we should leave and become an independent state.  I have countless arguments of a political nature which make me believe we should stay; we are safer in the EU, the economy is better in the EU, we stand on the shoulders of others and bat above our status and finally but most importantly it is part of our (so-called) everlasting peace after the mass slaughter of innocents on European soil in World War 2.

But I don’t want to write about politics. Today I reach out from a science perspective. Science is one of the unsung heroes of the EU – through the EU the UK tackle a huge number of international scientific issues with a broad variety of stakeholders at many different levels. Many jobs and importantly funding arrangements are performed at an EU level, and unfortunately Britain is unlikely to be able to access significant amounts of this should we leave the EU.

I am passionate about science – I always have been and I always will. A huge amount of what makes Britain great come from our science – just think of all the great scientific discoveries. Most of them are not British – please don’t misunderstand me, but a huge percentage are relative to the size of our tiny island are. For the science community leaving the EU would spell setback and a real brain drain – I would for sure seek opportunities within the EU or America. If you have any interest it keeping science great in Great Britain – have a look at the campaign page.

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21 responses to “Why you need to stay where you are

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    • 100% – I was always an in even before all of the negotiations. The more the world can behave like one country the better and this would be a huge step backwards from a British perspective.

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      • Definitely EU is something so special, we can hope that it lasts over the refugee crisis and that all of us will be as one. I dreamed about a whole world being without borders, just free and democratic Earth!

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      • I have every faith it will. This refugee crisis should be no crisis at all – we have plenty of space on this planet. I believe that the majority want what is best and thanks to democracy I believe that will win out.

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      • Yeah, in Czech Republic the public opinion about refugees is horrible. Politicians are behaving in such a populistic way and lot of people think that Europe is turning Islamic or what. When we act as united, we can show to the rest of the world that Europe is still here and that we are willing to help others. Bless be the politics of Angela Merkel (as far as I know she is doing her best to help the refugees).

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      • Yes it is the only pitfall of democracy sometimes it can lead good men to say bad things to appeal to bad voices. Merkel has done a lot – although even that in part was motivated by a labour shortage in Germany. Some of the unsung heroes are the neighbouring middle east country. Jordan had taken in a huge percentage of its population and the people remain kind

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      • I thought at first that the comment section shows us how most people look on it, but on the other side, this was selective bias. All the same this video has 123,833 likes to 33,841 dislikes, which simply shows that those people against the video really really like to show all their racism again and again while those who agree stay silent, because as it usually goes, there is nothing to be solved in YouTube comment section.

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      • Yes often it is the people with the worst thing to say with the loudest voices. It is overwhelmingly misreported in European media – you would think 100% of migrants are in the UK the way they speak.

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  2. The first paragraph says it all: “..or become an independent state”. Your post is well written, however Britain just like America or Australia or Mexico or India, has the right to be a self governing independent state. We are good enough and strong enough to govern ourselves and determine our own fate.
    JwC

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    • With the greatest of respect I do not disagree with your logic, just your conclusions. We have the right to be an independent state for sure – both the EU and the UK is a democracy we have always had the right. Yes – we also have the ability to make it on our own, that is no problem either. The problem is the lens you have put on the world; the world has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. After world war 2 we were promised an everlasting peace and the world today is ever more disturbed than it was then. The US, Mexico and India dwarf our country. We have a very large services economy and a prestigious place in the world due to previous empire building but it would be nationalistic and wrong to think there is anything special about our country, above another. The UK has its merits – so do other countries. If you look at the world, people are moving together. New treaties are being formed, visa programmes broken down and a sense of a global community being formed. The countries that are retreating inwards are countries like North Korea, China – and a host of other countries I don’t model ourselves on. I would challenge you this – name me the laws and legislation you would pass if you were PM with no EU. You cannot name me anything we already have the power to do ourselves – you can only name me things we would be able to do, and better off without the EU.

      To pre-empt don’t upset me with immigration – it’s misquoted. Right now the big problem is nothing to do with Europe and we face the choice of a lifetime. If you are someone who would happily throw down the shutters to your fellow man in his most desperate hour of need then we can have no reasoned discussion.

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      • The size of a nation or its past does not dictate whether it should be an EU satellite state or a sovereign nation. Being part of the EU has nothing to do with progress in terms of human advancements and progressive ideas.. Whilst it may be nationalistic to hold one’s country in higher esteem than another, it is not necessarily wrong. Sometimes this faith is what drives us to do better.
        On immigration, it is not about shutters or pulling up the drawbridge as many say. It is in fact about the desire of a nation to retain its culture and social structure. Nobody can rationally argue for zero immigration, but controlled immigration whereby we choose immigrants by our current requirements is the only sensible approach, something we cannot do inside the EU incidentally..

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      • You feel the EU is not democratic, because Britain has not got the outcome it has wanted in many circumstances. But that is because more member states have voted against us – which is in itself how democracy works there are some winners and there are some losers.

        With the immigration issue, you can largely split the migrants into two camps – those coming from the EU and those coming from outside the EU – predominantly Syria. We have total control over the migrants from Syria – that’s why we have a jungle in Calais. For EU migrants it is irrefutable the net effect on our economy has been a benefit. With the indexation of benefits, the only reason a migrant is going to come here is to fill a job. When you look long and hard at British culture, you will see we were the original melting pot not America. I work alongside people from at least 20 different countries, which in 2016 is what makes Britain strong and great.

        Whilst I don’t dismiss the possibility, the in campaign is a majority – they are just much more silent than the out campaign.

        I also say this – democracy is often flawed. Let’s face it Cameron has a parliamentary majority but does not have over 50% of the vote. But when over 50% of the Conservatives, nearly all of Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the greens want to remain with only a minority Conservative and UKIP presence wanting to leave I think it is poor company to be keeping.

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      • The melting pot point is debatable, I would argue totally false. I think also that whilst our democracy within the UK is flawed, it is the best we can do. The EU on the other hand could do better but persists in centralising power in a criminal way, it refuses to reform.
        I think we will fundamentally disagree on all of these issues so I won’t spend the entire evening arguing semantics with you.
        We’ll see what happens on 23rd June

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      • Indeed – you know where my money is. I just feel over the last 10 years or so, if we hadn’t been in the EU things would look the same as now with a slightly laggier economy and nothing more.

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  3. You are going to have experiences, adventures and an unforeseen future. You don’t know who you’ll meet, what you’ll find or how you’ll get there, but you will do it. You will jump into it blindly and openly.

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