The debate in the UK about the EU referendum has become increasingly nasty in recent weeks.
For the uninitiated, the EU referendum is a referendum where the people of the UK, a small island nation in northwest Europe, decide whether to remain part of the current multinational bloc of countries known as the European Union.
I’ve spoken to many people on this subject, those for and against, and in each case the reasons have been different. Even if the people were on the same side. In each case the person’s reasons seemed quite personal and emotional to me. Little regard seems to be being paid to the actual facts in this vote as each side grows increasingly more hostile. Reasoned voices seem to have fallen by the wayside and it has culminated with the recent murder of a politician by a domestic “nativist” terrorist.
When I look at the facts for myself I see a union that wishes to be a federation, that probably would function a lot better as one too. It would be forced to be more accountable to its citizens for a start. And it would have to simplify itself a lot as well, having lost the excuse of being the only thing of its kind in the world and thus needing to be really complicated. To be honest, I believe we will see a European Federation in my lifetime. It is almost an inevitability despite the wails of those who cling to their national boundaries which themselves are built on myths, lies half-truths and some vague notion of ‘race’, whatever that means. I fear that the old may try to take us backwards and hold us back simply to satisfy themselves. The boomers have had of doing that lately; tuition fees, zero hour contracts, removal of working protections, making us pay for their pensions. They’re robbing the young with impunity and they really don’t seem to realise that.
My whole perception is that for safety, we need to be together. Europe is young over all. Together we are strong. Together we are greater than apart. This is our future.