So, the UK is voting to leave the EU this month, and this is the hot topic of today. Should UK leave EU? What are the costs and the benefits? I’ll shortly try to explain my position and understanding on this.
First of all, I don’t think the UK should leave EU. I think the people who would vote “yes” to leave EU do so with the idea in mind that they’d be getting the “power” back in their hands. I think the people are tired of being controlled by people they don’t know or care about. Everybody can agree that the way EU handles their lawmaking process is slow and often inefficient, but at the core of it what is decided in Brussels by all the politicians, is usually good for the whole EU. Countries that are not part of EU still have to follow the rules made by the union, ask Norway or the Switzerland. If you have to follow the rules anyway, but you are not part of the group deciding about those rules, aren’t you just giving away your rights?
However, leaving the EU would give any country doing so more freedom to decide over their own political issues. This means that technically your country would be working more efficiently to solve your own problems, what ever those may be. At the core of this issue is mass immigration, no doubt, but what people fail to realize is that leaving EU wouldn’t actually help with that unless your country decided to start deporting foreigners and building walls, Trump style. EU still decides where the immigrants go, and England just happens to be one of the main attractions. Every country in Europe will have to take part in this crisis of ours, whether they like it or not. There are however, good ways to deal with this problem. Take a look at my home country, Finland, and see how we are dealing with newcomers to the country. They are taught the ways Finnish people live, what is wrong and right, and they are expected to assimilate rather than simply migrate to the country. Norway is another good example, but they’ve run into problems as well.
Now another major problem with England leaving EU is of course the economic damage it would do. Companies inside England would have to learn new ways of doing trade, because trade rules would have to be changed between England and ALL countries they are trading with. Considering UK is a rather big power when it comes to trade, and the fact that they are an island country, they rely on trade heavily. Basically leaving EU would do a lot of damage to their trade for who knows how long. Majority of economists agree that leaving EU would result in losses, and that being part of EU has been profitable. Nobody knows how (after the bump of) leaving EU would affect the trade in the end, though.
Considering those facts I’d say there are more costs than benefits to leaving EU. Now it simply is a matter of preference. People feel they are being controlled by unknown entity and would rather have someone in their own country decide things for them, but were that the case people would realize that lawmaking takes time, even when its just your own country. Leaving EU is not the answer, I think all countries who have joined EU so far should try to work together towards a common goal and try to work all the kinks out. Countries who are united should stay so, together we are stronger than alone. In times of crisis this is even more true. I do think that the countries not yet part of EU should not join in, as it is volatile ground we’re stomping on. I must be sending confusing messages here, but hey, that’s politics for you.