Brexit and other things

On the 23rd June 2016 the UK will vote on whether they want to remain in the European Union. We get to vote in this referendum and although I’m still undecided, I’ll probably vote to remain in the EU. I say I’m undecided because I haven’t really looked closely into the pros and cons of leaving versus staying.

I can think of one good reason to leave and that’s the incredibly irritating EU cookie law. For those outside the EU who may not know what this is every website in the EU is required to get permission from users viewing their website to store cookies. It pisses me off because it’s an annoying dialog I have to repeatedly dismiss and it’s particularly annoying on a mobile device where it obscures half the screen. If users don’t want cookies saved to their computer they can just disable them with their web browser. Why the rest of us have to click an accept button for every fucking website is a mystery to me. But in the grand scheme of things this is a pretty minor complaint and we may still be stuck with this law even outside the EU.

One of the benefits of staying in the EU is because they have legislation governing things like air pollution which serve as a protective measure against allowing the unchecked poisoning of our children which David Cameron and other British politicians seem reluctant to tackle. On environmental issues the EU seems to be ahead of the UK.

What are some other pros and cons? Feel free to add them to the comments.

Our garden changed dramatically in the week I was away. At this time of year plants I never knew existed seem to spring up out of no-where. The daffodils are in full bloom now and very pretty. My wormery seems to be ok although a few worms committed suicide in my absence. Ben didn’t notice but I found a few dried and shrivelled worms on the floor of our laundry.


9 responses to “Brexit and other things”

  1. I shall be voting for Brexit, though in reality it is only a sideshow to the main event, which is that a political union of more than two dozen countries, many with no common language, culture or history simply *cannot* be held together in any circumstances. As it is, the Eurocrats will become victims of their own hubris, through their obsession with expanding their empire ever further east and south, into countries that are only marginally ‘European’ (Ukraine and Turkey). Economist and former Eurocrat Bernard Connolly understood more than twenty years ago what was – and still is – wrong the EU; and that was just looking at it from a financial point of view. The whole project is fundamentally flawed. It is time that democracy was returned to the nation-states of Europe.

  2. TO stay, because leaving would be a massive hassle and not actually improve anything. Staying won’t improve many things either, but is less hassle, and as you say the anti-pollution stuff and various other human rights stuff is important. Also it is actually useful for business to agree on europe wide standards etc. Of course all that sort of thing benefits big business, but I’ve never seen a leaver give a decent answer as to why leaving would benefit small businesses given the way successive governments make their lives harder without any reference to the EU and the politicians are in thrall to big business anyway.

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