The UK; the road to a referendum on the EU

The UK referendum to be or not to be. All eyes are turned towards Britain as rumors of the country leaving the European Union become ever real as civil rights groups and politicians take over the campaign. Late in February this year, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the date for the country to hold a referendum on whether or not to leave the EU will be the 23rd of June. This announcement was made after Britain had been at Brussels trying to renegotiate the terms of the country joining the Union.

Today, members of government and other politicians are now making it known which site of the Leave or Remain campaign they belong to. Although the Prime Minister himself is not for a leave, there are many high profile politicians such as the Lord Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has openly made known his support for those campaigning for a “leave”. A few months ago it would have been difficult to convince the Brits to leave the EU. However, things rapidly changed due to the immigration crisis and the problems with the Euro. The polls on whether or not Britain should leave the EU has narrowed with more people opting for a “leave”. Some people are so angry with the situation they are even considering leaving the country.

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Analysts say that the Mr. Cameron is partly responsible for the situation that Britain finds itself today. Mr. Cameron has always tried to cajole his team into being friendlier with the EU but with the rise of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) promoted by Nick Farage, all those who have been skeptical on the Union put pressure on him to be hard on the Union. As a means of cajoling them, he promised a referendum on the EU if he was reelected. He also promised to try and renegotiate the terms of Britain joining the EU with the EU member states and to fix what he thinks is the problem with the EU. At the EU summit that held in October last year, the UK was asked, through the Prime Minister, to produce a list of demands for the renegotiation if there was any hope of getting a solution by the end of the summit. Although a list was produced, there were no final agreements. The Prime Minister was hoping to get the list agreed upon by February and this has been done and dusted.

The UK has always had an uneasy relationship with the EU. From an onlooker’s perspective, it is as if they were forced into joining the Union. They had always found issues with the way the EU is run and has been the country which has refused to implement some of the EU policies such as adopting the Euro and using the Schengen visa. From this perspective, it is no surprise that there is going to be a referendum on whether to leave or to stay.  There are two lobby groups that will likely become the official representatives of the Leave and remain campaigns. These are “Britain stronger in Europe” for the “remain” campaign and “Vote leave” for the “leave” campaign. We will see The UK referendum to be or not to be.


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