Thursday, June 23rd is a big day for Britain. The citizens of Britain are going to the polls to vote on a referendum to leave the European Union, a referendum that has been called Brexit. The campaign to “Vote Leave” has been out in full force recently, and when the polls close on Thursday night, we’ll finally know if they were successful.
The Brexit movement was marred by tragedy last week when a Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, was murdered in Birstall, England. What might have appeared to be a random attack was a political assassination. When the man suspected in her murder appeared in court and was asked to give his name, he responded, “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” Cox was vocal about her support of Britain staying in the European Union. In an article that Cox had written four days before her death, she wrote, “We cannot allow voters to fall for the spin that a vote to Leave is the only way to deal with concerns about immigration,” she wrote. “We are stronger, safer and better-off in.”
So, in the interest of being fair and balanced, let’s look at both sides of the argument.
The Vote Leave camp, on their website, lists many reasons for leaving including:
“We will be able to save 350 million pounds a week”
“We will be in charge of our own borders”
“We can control immigration”
“We’ll be free to trade with the whole world”
“We can make our own laws”