23rd of June and yes I have an opinion. Get the fuck OUT while the going is bad. Merkel with her plan for the 4th reich has already destroyed what little chance the EU had. France and Belgium with general strikes, Germany in the not too distant futue going bankrupt, Italy and Spain drowning, Greece drowned and with the chance of another 70-80m joining the EU (if it still exists) giving them the option to travel where they like within the EU then for me it's an obvious choice. Being told how we live our lives by people we haven't even elected is just ludicrous. Time to give power back and at least try to govern our own country without interference from drowning rats.
June 23rd. Basically runs like this. Anyone who believes in the nation state, national sovereignty, democracy and the right to self determination should obviously vote for that - which obviously means leaving the EU in it's current form. However..
60% of trade is currently done within the EU and you'd spend the next decade realigning everything to get back to where you were before, economically and politically.
If we leave, Scotland goes independent and the domestic union breaks up, so no more 'Britain' as we know it. Which with the current state of our electoral system would leave England with a permanent Tory government and not democratic or representative in the slightest (not bad for a so called representative social democracy). In other words you'd end up getting less democracy than if you stayed in the EU and stayed as 'Britain.'
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Shit sandwiches all round and a big huzzah to us.
I really guess it depends on the size/economical power of the country whether it's beneficial to be in the EU - from my perspective we got a pretty sweet deal - we pay a bunch of money, but in return a lot of agricultural projects get funded, infrastructure getting better and we have someone to supervise us which has dropped corruption rates a little bit. We also get bonus military protection in case Turkey goes nuts. What benefits do you guys get for being in it now?
It would of been the same whatever the outcome. Time to baton down the hatches and ride the storm. Personally I think the right decision has been made. Merkel was becoming a powered crazy bitch who was a danger for all of Europe.