So I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the Union of countries that is the United Kingdom. And the level of democracy for each member country in Westminster.
England by far has the most Members of Parliament (just over 70 are non English MPs). Interestingly almost the same number of MEPs that the UK has representing us in Brussels.
I genuinely can’t understand how Brexiteers can support a United Kingdom but not support our membership of the European Union. If we vote to leave the EU, then are they going to call for a break up of the UK next? If not why not?
Every argument for keeping the UK together is virtually the same as for keeping the UK in the EU. We are better and stronger together.
In the same way that Scotland would find it difficult to thrive and be successful outside the UK, we as a union of nations would face similar difficulties trying to go it alone outside the EU.
At the end of the day, we are a small island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. By the fact of our geography and geology we just do not have all the natural resources to be self sufficient in the 21st century. We do not have raw materials in the ground that we can extract to build what we need.
As a result of this we have to trade with other nations in order to thrive and succeed. We could try to survive outside, but is that what we want? Just survival? Or do we want to thrive in the future?
And if we have to trade, why wouldn’t we choose to trade with our nearest neighbours on the very best possible terms? Being a member of the European Union is a win-win for both the mainland continent of which we are a part and also for the wide UK benefitting every household in the UK, offering us a wider choice of consumer goods and creating jobs in the UK to turn other countries natural resources into finished products for us to trade with our closest partners.
It would just not be logical for the UK to give up our partnership with the world’s largest and most successful trade bloc.
Thanks to Jason Hunter a member of one of the SY2E – Remain in the EU groups.