The Brexit debate, from an American's perspective
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Full disclosure before you read any further here: I’m not qualified to talk about Brexit. What initially sounded like a breakfast cereal to me has now swept me up in a frenzy leading to the 23 June vote — I hear about it everywhere. Despite my observing protesters for (or against) it, reading news articles about it, and watching interviews on it, I don’t fully understand the ins and outs of the debate. How could I, as a foreigner? That said, I think it’s important to immerse oneself in another culture while abroad, so it seems only responsible to try my best to keep up with the Brexit debate. I initially didn’t really understand all the implications staying or leaving the EU has. I mean, the UK is still the UK, regardless of whether or not it’s in the EU, right? But, of course, it’s so much more complicated than that. Leaving the EU would mean giving up a 40-year legacy, a bond between the UK and other European nations. It would mean no longer listening to the Anthem of Europe (do people actually listen to the Anthem of Europe?), no longer taking the short line at airport immigration checks and no longer enjoying the single-market system allowing free movement of goods and services that EU members are under today. On the flip side, leaving the EU could mean improving political and fiscal autonomy for the UK, moving away from a union that is admittedly not without its flaws and having a more independent say in large-scale and hot-button issues like immigration.
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