Tomorrow, Britain will have to make an important decision about whether to continue building on the progress of the European union and promoting a brighter future for all Europeans, or to reject European unity and pursue an isolated existence in an increasingly globalized world. Numerous experts from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and executives at Goldman Sachs Investment Bank, to President Barrack Obama have warned about the dire economic consequences if Britain were to leave the EU; but this has not stopped far right alarmists from creating their own hypothetical doomsday scenarios if Britain were to remain. In this article, I will make the case that European unity is the only practical way forward for Britain; economically, culturally and politically.
The European Commission is able to pull its talent from a large pool of gifted people across multiple nations, each with their own expertise, leadership styles and political perspectives. This large pool of leadership talent allows the EU to build a highly skilled and diverse governing team, equipped to deal with today’s global economic and political challenges. Individually, EU nations would struggle to deliver the exceptional leadership that the EU is capable of producing.
The EU plans to finalize the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership by 2020, which is designed to give companies that operate in Europe and the United States the tools they need to negotiate more effectively with nation states. This would allow them to grow the European economy by doing business more effectively and creating more jobs. The European Commission has estimated that the TTIP will boost the EU economy by 120 billion Euros. If Britain chooses to go it alone, it will be cut out from this economic growth.
Greater Clout in Global Negotiations
Individually, each nation state has little to offer on the international stage, and is thus in a vulnerable position when negotiating with economic giants like China and the United States. The EU on the other hand is a global superpower, capable of negotiating the best possible international deals on trade, security and the environment.
The majority of Brits want to help destitute Syrian refugees fleeing Assad’s brutal regime, however there is a growing resentment and xenophobia emanating from Britain’s far right that opposes actions to house and feed those who need help. The EU has drafted legislation for fining EU nation states hundreds of millions of Euros for not taking a sufficient number of refugees, which promises to discourage nations from pandering to the far right.
The EU brings together a wide variety of cultures, making the European experience vastly more exciting, enjoyable and rewarding. Soon Turkey will join the EU, allowing EU citizens to experience this nation’s rich cultural history and breathtaking natural beauty, visa free. The more diversity, the more we learn from each other, and the better equipped we are to solve the economic and social challenges that every nation faces.
United we are Stronger
Together, we are always stronger. No man is an island, and similarly no nation can reach its full potential by cutting itself off from the rest of the world. A vote to leave would be a vote for economic catastrophe and isolationism. If you have the right to vote in this referendum, there is only one logical choice. Vote remain, and send a message to the right wing demagogues who would like nothing more than to crush European unity and the European spirit. For it is only through unity and by working together, that we can create a brighter future for not only Britain, but for the rest of Europe and the world.