Why we’re falling off the cliff by leaving the EU

A ferry negotiates its way around the white cliffs of Dover as it heads to France. This is the main route for Polish immigrants working in England.
A ferry negotiates its way around the white cliffs of Dover as it heads to France. This is the main route for Polish immigrants working in England.

Regarding last June’s referendum vote on Britain’s EU membership, Mrs May said: “It was a vote to restore, as we see it, our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit.” But European Council President Donald Tusk said there was nothing to win in this process for both sides. He added that the spectre of a breakup was hanging over the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a sad day for Europe. However, the man credited for having given the go-ahead for the referendum to end the UK’s association with the EU, David Cameron, may have spilt the beans when he recently told a meeting in Ukraine that in fact, the only reason the UK went into the EU was none other than ‘money’. Addressing a meeting in Kiev, Croatia, Britain’s most recent Prime Minister said: “Britain was always a rather reluctant and uncertain member of the EU. We were in the EU for reasons of utility rather than emotion. We were there for the trade, we were there for the cooperation and I thought it right to stay because I wanted more trade and more cooperation.”

After British Prime Minister May triggered Article 50 last Wednesday that set in motion the negotiations to end this ‘marriage’, it is becoming clearer to many of us Britons that negotiating our exit from this marriage will be much harder than politicians ever told us it would be. What with Scotland now also demanding yet another referendum to enable it divorce the Union and whispers from Spain that Gibraltar’s exit from the EU cannot be decided without its say, the issue of immigration that those who voted for leaving the Union very much campaigned on, looks like it is going to hit many who have been living in the UK legally as well as those Britons who thought having a home in the south of France or owning a B&B in Spain was the best way to retire.

During the Brexit campaigns, the leavers spent millions in advertisements informing Britons that the £50million or so the UK was currently paying for its membership to the EU would instead be brought home and used to make the National Health Service (NHS) better. We are now being told by the EU Commission President that we need to pay a hefty divorce bill of more than £50billion before even the negotiations begin. Those who campaigned for Brexit never mentioned this. Theresa May’s Conservative government hasn’t uttered a word about the possibility that now we are leaving the EU, that sum will be given to the NHS.

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