The European Union Referendum - Are you In or Out?

It's the fierce debate sweeping the nation, one that has been generating intense discussion in all walks of life, the like that hasn’t been seen in a generation. You can't go a day without being asked “Are you in or out?” and it's certainly sparking strong and seriously divided views amongst voters.

But are we as informed as we should be?

A large proportion of the nation still remain undecided and it's easy to see why. Both the Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote to Leave camps are churning out persuasive campaign material and it’s easy to be swayed from reading one leaflet or news bulletin to the next.

There’s strong argument, impressive statistics and endless notions that whichever way we vote, we face some sort of catastrophic event.

Whilst I am already marginally leaning towards a camp to back, I do not feel adequately informed or confident in the knowledge that I am aware of all the relevant facts and figures to make the right decision. And it’s not just the right decision for me, it’s the right decision for our great nation, as they say we need to make Britain great again.

I will be closely following this momentous referendum with the aim to bring you impartial and balanced discussion, upon which an informed decision can be made to ensure voters feel confident of their choice when going to the polls. 

Firstly, I want to start off with some background; An overview of the European Union & why we should really care about staying in or leaving

Unless you've been living in the remotest parts of the world you will probably already know what the EU Referendum is and why it’s something that cannot simply be ignored. Thursday 23rd June 2016 will be a historic day. The day that we, the people of the United Kingdom, decide our future with one simple vote; to either remain in the European Union or take a leap of faith and leave the inner circle of Europe. 

What is The European Union? 

It is an economic political union of 28 member states that are located in Europe, essentially a membership to one big borderless network. The EU is designed to operate as one single market; allowing the members to enjoy free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The latter of which has come under intense scrutiny since the recent problems facing Europe as a result of mass migration.

The EU referendum is creating such a furore in the UK because of the potential impact the outcome will have. Both sides of the argument have very strong views on what the implications might be depending on which way the vote will go, but it’s clear that a lot of what is being banded around by advocates of the stay and leave campaigns seem to amount to a certain level of speculation and conjecture. 

There are several campaigns running on both sides of the referendum but there are two main campaigns in the run up to the vote.

Who are the two camps?

Britain Stronger in Europe

Spear headed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Britain Stronger in Europe is the main campaign advocating voters to tick the stay box on June 23rd.  

What they believe; Britain will be financially worse off if the nation does vote to leave the EU and that we will once again be plunged into years of austerity. They also predict that interest rates will rise, thousands of jobs would be at risk, house prices would fall and that the average household could be worse off by between £850 - £1700 a year.

Vote Leave

The other side of the fence is fronted by ex London Mayor Boris Johnson and backed by Michael Gove and Ian Duncan Smith to name but a few. Vote Leave is the main campaign for those backing the nation to leave the EU. 

What they believe; Britain would save £350 million a week on EU membership which could be put back into the UK. Without free movement and other restrictions the EU membership enforces, Britain would be able to take back control of it's borders, limiting the amount of people entering the UK and once again decide the laws that govern the country from Britain rather than in Brussels. 

With just under a month to go until the polls open the campaigns will show no sign of let up and will continue to gather momentum and probably get even uglier. What remains to be seen and heard amongst all the mud slinging, political point scoring and scaremongering, is which outcome would actually be in the best interests for the 60 million people that live in Britain.

That for me is the big question that still remains unanswered and one which I’m hoping to shed some light on over the coming weeks.