Good morning on what is, down here near Limoux at least, a rather wet Sunday morning.
Over the past few weeks I have been surprised by the differing reactions when talking about how ordinary people such as are in our group may be affected following a Brexit.
There are those who are already aware of the potential effects and are following blogs such as this and joining groups on Facebook like “UK Citizens in the EU – The impact of a Brexit”.
The majority are surprised by the possible, personal, individual, consequences, not surprisingly given that all that hits the news are the “big” issues – trade, overbearing bureaucracy, immigration. But, they are not dismissive and are prepared to listen to explanations about the people issues – freedom of movement, health care, pensions
Then there are people who are thoroughly anti-EU whose reactions range from “don’t care what happens to anybody else, I just want out of the EU” to “you’re all right, sitting in the sun drinking G&Ts, you’ve got it made”.
One of the things we have to do is to get people to consider the EU on a human scale, the benefits of EU citizenship to individuals, people like their neighbours, friends, even family, and what could happen to them if the UK did leave the EU.