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Brexit Explained: Everything You Need To Know

Brexit Explained: Everything You Need To Know

On Thursday 23 June 2016, Britain will vote to decide whether or not we stay in the EU. For many this may seem like a decision that won’t affect them personally, but it would be foolish to think that this public vote won’t have a huge affect on Britain’s future. Whether it’s an increase in prices or more paperwork when trying to go holiday, there is no doubt that the question of Brexit is one that every British citizen will be involved in, and therefore one that we should try to be as informed about as possible before voting.

If you’ve been following my blog then you’ll know that I’m spending the year interning in Paris and it only dawned on me recently how difficult it might’ve been to organise my year abroad if Britain wasn’t part of the EU. I was able to apply for internships in France without the need for a working VISA, I didn’t need a permit to stay and getting here was just a matter of hopping on the Eurostar. Nobody really knows what would happen if Britain left the EU, but I doubt finding a job in France would have been quite as plain sailing. What’s more, I currently have Erasmus status, benefitting from their grant and the French housing grant (the CAF) as well, which I assume would not have been possible if Britain was not a part of the EU. I’m sure that pretty much every other modern languages student that has to take a year abroad is also benefitting from these things and without them, living abroad may not have been possible. Working in France has been a great experience both professionally and personally and there is simply no better way to learn a language. If I didn’t have the opportunity to learn French in France, I probably would have picked a different degree subject and God knows what I’d be doing right now…

I’m willing to bet that many of you out there haven’t done a great deal of research into Britain’s history with the EU, how it has affected our country (both positively and negatively), or the possible effects of Brexit. If this isn’t a topic that interests you but you want a quick and fun way to learn some of the facts then the following video will be perfect for you. The Financial Times have come up with an EU Pub Quiz to help you make an informative decision in a few months time.

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*This post was written in collaboration with The Financial Times. All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Rhian Westbury
    29th Feb 2016 / 3:38 PM

    I think this is such an important topic to vote on and I hope people really think about the pros and cons to staying in the EU. x

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 9:53 AM

      Me too!! I feel like people often don’t think before voting, but then complain afterwards when they’re unhappy with the result!!

  2. 29th Feb 2016 / 4:05 PM

    This is definitely an important vote, I can see pros and cons to both sides, I definitely need to read up more before I make a final choice. x

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 9:53 AM

      Me too! I’m not 100% sure which way I’m going to vote but snappy videos like this are helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Leighanne Modeste
    29th Feb 2016 / 4:07 PM

    This was an interesting read, i’m not going to pretend I know a lot about this topic and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Post like these are important as they help educate people in a informal way

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 9:54 AM

      I couldn’t agree more Leighanne! There’s quite a lot of articles about the topic out there but they’re often quite formal and complicated. This video is much more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 29th Feb 2016 / 6:08 PM

    Interesting post. I know nothing about this history. My partner updates me when it’s required but I enjoyed reading your argument on this.

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:24 AM

      Thanks Stella ๐Ÿ™‚ I think a lot of people are in the same position, which is why it’s important to share snappy videos like these!

  5. 29th Feb 2016 / 7:13 PM

    I was talking about this with my husband yesterday and my parents today, this is such a huge vote, but the information for and against is not out there and a lot of people want to know.

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 9:54 AM

      I think there’s a lot out there if you look for it but the way that it is presented is confusing to people or over-complicated, which simply isn’t helpful!

  6. 29th Feb 2016 / 7:21 PM

    oh wow what a great post and how exciting having the opportunity of France I have no idea about this topic so wont even pretend to know what it all means

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:24 AM

      The vote isn’t until June so you have a bit of time to read up on it!

  7. Natasha Mairs
    29th Feb 2016 / 8:23 PM

    I don’t really know much about this, saw a programme the other day on telly, but didn’t pay attention to it. Now starting to think I should have

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:23 AM

      You should have a little read before the vote, but you’ve still got plenty of time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tori Gabriel
    29th Feb 2016 / 9:07 PM

    This is such an important vote but so many people are discounting it as not concerning them. I am currently undecided and trying to read more into it.

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:23 AM

      I know and it’s so annoying because it’s a huge decision that everyone should take in really!

  9. 29th Feb 2016 / 10:01 PM

    It’s definitely a good idea to absorb as much info as you can before voting. This is a great reminder!

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:23 AM

      Thanks Liz ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it will slip a lot of people’s minds but I hope there’s a good turnout!

  10. 29th Feb 2016 / 10:10 PM

    I have no idea what the vote will choose but I want out of the EU. There is as you say a lot of pros and cons and one of the biggest cons will of course be reaching other countries. On the other hand voting out will give us more economic independence. We are already in so much debt and we can resolve that by taking the step out of the EU.

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:25 AM

      Interesting to hear your thoughts Ana ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so hard to tell what will happen from an economic point of view if we leave but it’s interesting to read people’s predictions!

  11. Laura
    1st Mar 2016 / 2:08 AM

    Great post as its so important that people know about current affairs. I personally think that we should stay in the EU from defence point of view xxx

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:22 AM

      I hadn’t thought about it from a defense point of view so will look into that – thanks Laura!

  12. Elizabeth
    1st Mar 2016 / 7:48 AM

    I hope most of the population DO vote, either way. It is so frustrating the number of non voters there are nowadays. It’s a bug bear of mine!

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:22 AM

      I completely agree!!! People don’t vote, then complain about the result, which is so frustrating.

  13. Leanne Dolan
    1st Mar 2016 / 8:14 AM

    I have to admit I’m not really clued up
    On all this. I need to do some research!

    • 1st Mar 2016 / 10:21 AM

      I think most people would say the same, you’ve still got time!

  14. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    1st Mar 2016 / 11:46 AM

    I really don’t think there is enough information out there at the moment and people are going to be voting without really knowing what they are voting for.

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:08 PM

      I agree that people will be voting without knowing what the consequences will be. There are bits of info out there but I don’t think they’re in a very accessible format, which is the problem :/

  15. mummyslittlemonkey
    1st Mar 2016 / 5:03 PM

    Now that David Cameron has negotiated a deal that is a LOT fairer for the UK (capping immigration, restricting access to benefits, limited the level to which we financially bail out other countries) many of the compelling reasons to exit the EU are now not an issue.

    At this stage I would vote to stay in, as leaving would probably have a huge negative effect on the European economy, which will impact the UK regardless of whether we’re a member or not. x

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:09 PM

      I think I will also be voting in, mostly because nobody knows what will happen if we vote out so it could be disastrous!

  16. 2nd Mar 2016 / 12:01 PM

    I have to admit that I don’t have a clue at all when it come to what is best for us, as a Country. I don’t know what my decision will be come the time to vote!

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:09 PM

      I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to vote either. I think it’s really important to inform people of what the pros and cons are and that the government should focus on that too!

  17. Hannah Malanga
    2nd Mar 2016 / 1:19 PM

    I don’t really get involved much with any politics, I don’t understand everything and find it so boring. In my opinion they all make false promises so you can’t really win

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:10 PM

      I hate politics too but I’m finding that the older I get, the more it’s affecting my life therefore it’s good to try be as informed as possible when it comes to big decisions like this.

  18. 2nd Mar 2016 / 1:49 PM

    This is a really insightful post, thanks! It’s hard to form a consist opinion when it comes to politics I think xo

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 2:57 PM

      I agree! I’m always to-ing and fro-ing and it’s so hard to know if you’re ever really getting the full picture :/

  19. Renna
    2nd Mar 2016 / 2:18 PM

    I’m sorry, but, I’ll be voting Out. We were fine before and we’ll be fine again. I do think it’s such a shame that Tony lied through his teeth, then opened the doors, then all this country has done is give give give… The UK has spent billions of tax payers money on other countries, but, our country is now on the brink….not enough schools, not enough housing… We are a tiny island in comparison, and I’d rather it stayed green, otherwise, the UK will literally be an island of houses. The UK is a farming country, not a housing country that gives cash out here there and everywhere. British could live elsewhere before the EU, so, personally, leaving the EU won’t be a bad thing. Cameron will say it is, as he’s under pressure, but, I’m Out. I don’t know many people that think we should stay in.

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:21 PM

      That’s strange because I’d say I don’t know many people who’d vote out! I guess opinions will vary all around the country and there will be many who won’t voice their true opinion as well. We will just have to wait and see what happens on voting day but whatever the outcome, I’m sure people will be unhappy.

  20. Zena's Suitcase
    4th Mar 2016 / 10:36 AM

    I leaving leaving the EU will be a disaster for us. There are so many issues like trade and the economy to think about. We aren’t on the brink as a country, and the financial crisis wasn’t caused by the EU it was caused by the banks in our own country. Great post, so important to raise awareness about this

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:13 PM

      I think it *could* be disastrous but the problem is that we’ve just got no idea what the outcome will ultimately be :/ I definitely think more people need to be aware of what the EU actually does for our country before people vote!

  21. Cassandra
    7th Mar 2016 / 12:21 PM

    My fear is that people won’t take the time to research what will happen if we leave the EU and will just vote out because Cameron wants too!

  22. 9th Mar 2016 / 7:58 AM

    Personally I think leaving the EU will not benefit us in the long run. We depend too much on our European neighbours for trade to leave and sadly there is no other real alternative.

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:20 PM

      I agree. No one’s really sure what will happen if we leave yet but I somehow doubt it’ll be that much better!

  23. 10th Mar 2016 / 3:50 PM

    The fact if UK stays in EU or doesn’t will not change a lot on a big scale… there is a different game plan in motion and nothing can stop it… all this voting is just to make masses feel batter and give us illusion that we still matter… when it fact, we don’t and we didn’t for a long time

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:16 PM

      Who knows what’s going on in the world of politics really. I think there are definitely a lot of things that are being kept hush hush but I don’t think that’ll ever change really.

  24. Hannah Malanga
    31st Mar 2016 / 10:02 AM

    I don’t watch the news so I actually didn’t realise we were going to a vote in june! I need to have a serious read about this because I am not clued up

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