On the 23rd June 2016 YOU can vote to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union (EU). It’s simple, all you need to do it go to your local polling station (or vote via post) and answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Obviously YOU must be Registered to Vote First.
But is it that simple? Your vote will shape the future of Britain as a nation (We are led to believe by both sides). If you are unsure of what to do on the day and need to know more about the referendum read on!
A referendum deciding Britain’s status in the EU has not been held since 1975 when Britain decided to stay in the EU. Therefore, this referendum is arguably overdue (And Argue the Politicians are); it is the first vote deciding Britain’s position in the EU for over forty years.
The EU is a political and economic union of European countries, allowing people and goods to move between the countries as if the member states were one country. The EU has its own parliament and its own currency which the majority of member states share.
You need to make sure you have registered to vote by the 7th June 2016. If you do not register you cannot vote and your opinion will not be heard. You can vote if you are over eighteen and are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen who resides in the UK. UK nationals living abroad can vote if they have been on the electoral register in the last fifteen years.
If Britain stays in the EU some changes to Britain’s position in the EU have already been agreed. Britain will keep the pound, and other members of the EU will not discriminate against Britain for not taking on the euro. Migrant welfare payments will be reduced so when low paid workers arrive in Britain they will not be entitled to claim for all benefits immediately; instead the workers will be able to claim more benefits the longer they stay in Britain. Britain will not be moving towards a closer union like many of the member states will be, in fact, it will be easier for the government to block unwanted laws under the new system.
Why leave the EU? Those wanting to exit believe the EU has restrictive laws on British businesses, and they say the EU does not benefit the British economy as Britain pays more in to the EU budget than they receive from it. They want stricter border control and they want the number of people coming to work in Britain reduced.
Why remain in the EU? Those wanting to stay believe that selling products to other EU members will be easier if Britain remains in the EU. Further, they encourage the movement of people stating that these people boost the British economy and help pay towards public services. They believe Britain would be better in the EU than out as a sole nation.
What about the result? The outcome of the referendum will be announced after the closing of the polling stations at 10.00pm on the 23rd June 2016 once the votes have been counted.
Ok, So this is very small snapshot. Further impartial information for business owners can be found on www.fsb.org.uk and on for all on websites such as www.bbc.co.uk It is important to become informed because the truth is what we decided in June will shape the future for generations to come, politically, economically, legally and socially.
Make sure your opinion is heard and vote on the 23rd June 2016 in the EU referendum!