UK Referendum Puts EU Strength, Perception to the Test

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The European Union, comprised of twenty-eight member nations, is facing a new challenge as the United Kingdom is closing in on the June referendum which will allow citizens of the UK to vote to remain or leave.

With a race as hotly contested as the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, citizens of the U.K. are nearing a pivotal time in the governing of the British Commonwealth.

Similar to the Scottish secession vote recently held, citizens of the United Kingdom are now given the authority to govern the direction of the nation by choosing one path or the other.

The pressure to leave the EU has grown over the last year with the influx of Syrian refugees and the rise of ISIS and other fringe terrorist organizations.

With both side presenting eloquent arguments and positions on the ramifications of both choices. With the rise of terror in Great Briton’s backyard homeland security, as in America, will be one of the major issues voters will examine when heading off to the polls.

As a member of the European Union, rules and laws re governed for all by the elected leaders of the EU. Secession or a vote to leave the EU allows Brits to make and enforce new immigration policies and laws creating stricter requirements.

Proposed by the Britain’s Conservative Party, which in any nation seems to receive the blame for immigration issues and desire to protect nation and citizens, the movement has presented specific issues and without adding pork to the bill proposed simply: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union of leave the European Union?”

While there are many issues citizens of the UK need to consider and homeland security and immigration being only one. The fact remains the British government, as EU members, adheres to EU rules and bylaws which allow an open door immigration policy.

The other most important issue for most citizens, revolves around personal finances and employment. Questions of restricted employment and will finances be effected will be heavily considered when the masses head to the polls on June 23.

Governments are quick to explain the amounts that will be saved with a departure and there is some truth to the figures. The EU has membership dues of which equate to government spending being allocated from a single nation to a melting pot, a collective operating budget for the 28-member nation.

Withdrawing from the EU does stop the membership dues which then can be allocated for the people, through social services, of the United Kingdom. Will the £12 billion paid annually to the EU, as a net contributor, trickle down through the channels of government and end in the citizen’s paycheck? That remains to be seen. And does shuffling ever amount to real savings or benefits?

The Brits has the longest and strongest allies of the United States remains that regardless the outcome. Democracy is governments adhering to the will of the people. Seeing Democracy in action strengths the will of the people in every nation to stand for and demand democracy. Let freedom ring.

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Image courtesy of The Daily Mail and used with permission.