The European Union: What Does North London Think?
Written by: Violet Myers
“I’m definitely for staying in. Dividing and segregating people hasn’t worked in the past, it creates conflict. After all, we’re all the same – we should share the wealth. The world is so small, why make it smaller? We need to open our eyes and realise, we’re one nation. There are always negatives, of course it’s not perfect. Maybe the rich countries lose money from it, because they are supporting the poorer countries. Some people say we save money, some people say we lose money, I don’t know which is true but I know there are higher principals than money, it should be about the people.”
“Of course we should leave! Because we put so much in and they want to control Britain. We should be independent. We could spend the money we spend on the EU on national health and help poorer people in this country. EU is not a defence force, it doesn’t protect us, I’ve been against it for years. I think if David Cameron loses this vote he should resign as Prime Minister. The deal isn’t going to help anyone, the only thing we can do is leave.”
“I think we should stay, it’s nice to have more people united. It adds to diversity definitely. I’m from Brazil and I have lived here for 31 years. I’ve made a family here, so I feel it’s better for people to be able to move around freely.”
“I think we should leave, but to be honest I don’t really know why. I have a gut instinct we should leave. But I don’t believe in referendums, Tony Blair already let us down. I don’t agree with the European Rights Act, I think it should be more up to the individual, if I want to work over 50 hours a week that should be up to me. I think Britain should be completely independent. But my parents are from the Caribbean so I can’t disagree with the immigration opinion.”
“I simply don’t know, I’m not a professional economist. I don’t really know what the advantages are, I keep hearing different stories from both sides, I can only go on principles. The good side of joining together as a big club is that it stops the French and the Germans from fighting each other, Which they seem to have done every 30 years. It’s a massive commemoration of non electable people who are making decisions on our behalf, thats my dislike of it. So I completely do not know! I do a lot of travelling abroad and I don’t want that disrupted, but I guess we show our passports anyway, so I don’t really know what difference it will make. It will make more difference to people who live abroad so that’s another problem.”
“In! The EU offers us trade agreements, it keeps peace in Europe ever since I can remember. International cooperation is the only way to go. If states the size of Britain start splitting off then Europe could fragment and it could be disastrous. I understand the leavers arguments and I understand the appeal of those arguments. It’s not a good organisation, it means it could get better but also it could get worse, yes there is loss of some sovereignties and some law making but we’re part of those laws that come back to us anyway, if we’re out then we have no say what the EU comes up with.”
“Absolutely in! I feel it would be a disaster if we leave. We are extremely fortunate to be part of Europe. I think it’s been enriching, interesting and we’ve improved immeasurably, we’re more openminded, warmer, more informed, we’ve learned a great deal from our European partners and benefited hugely, as they have from us. Of course nothing is perfect, things can be improved, but we can do it together, we can’t do it from the sidelines and then regret it desperately, and then we’ll be like a little boat adrift on the Atlantic sea, all on our own, looking at the others who are able to collaborate, exchange ideas and information.”
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